Our dog saved our chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HSCMorgans, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. HSCMorgans

    HSCMorgans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2012
    Bath, NY Steuben County
    I was sitting on my porch today, late morning, enjoying a break from fixing horse fence... My dog Breyer, a pure bred 100lb Bernese Mountain Dog is always with me. She even joins me in the chicken coop to feed, collect eggs etc.. I wouldnt trust any dog in the coop without me there but shes never been a threat. She will lay in the coop an even let the chicks come to her... Showing no interest in eating them. Its not unusual to see her laying out by the coop taking a nap.
    Well today as I enjoyed my break, I could hear a hen letting all of us know she just layed an egg.... including a fox! Out of know where Breyer launched without a sound.. all i I saw was a streek of fox, and 100lb Breyer right on its tail.. Ive never seen her move so fast... She and the fox running full bore, tore into the woods.. She was gone 20min or so! Weather she knew what she was doing or not.... She Saved The Chickens!!!
    My fear is that now the fox knows we have chickens... Im sure they will be back! :(
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    The fox will likely be back but dog will be a very effective deterrent. Even so fox will get one every once in a while but losses will be greatly reduced. I have similar situation now where fox will visit but chickens give alarm before fox gets into hunt and dog comes and escorts fox out. Dog really seems to enjoy chase and chickens seem to realize benefit dog provides.
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Bank on it.
    Figure out how to give Mr. Fox a bad day. 'Ol Dog may be off-duty next time.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2012
  4. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    How do you know the dog didn't get the fox?

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