Panic, worry... followed by relief

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Matty26, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. Matty26

    Matty26 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2009
    Coos Bay, OR
    Had our first predator scare yesterday morning.

    I was taking a noon nap and my dog started growling at the foot of the bed. Everything seemed fine so I shushed him and laid back down. within a minute or two my chickens in the backyard started making noise.... more noise than the usual. I jump out of bed, look out the window and see a dog chasing my chickens across the yard. I'm out the door in a flash and start calling at the dog. It didn't want to come to me so I started yelling and told it to get. I grabbed my gun in case I needed it and started checking to ensure it was gone and to assess the damage. I found two small piles of feathers on the ground and after 30 minutes of looking could only account for 1 of my 15 girls. (she was 20 feet up in a tree) I walked up and down the road to see if I could find whose dog it was as it looked like a well groomed animal and had a collar. after talking to a neighbor, found out the dog belonged to a neighbor's son who was visiting. we talked to the owner of the dog who said it couldn't have been his dog, his dog would never do that...and his dog was inside the whole time. well one neighbor saw it and another dog tearing down the road coming from my direction and I cought the dog in the act, so those excuses didn't hold up. he helped me look for my chickens for a while at least. The girls started reappearing scattered around my 4 acres. 2-3 hours after the screeching began I had located all 15 of the girls and couldn't even tell which one lost the feathers. They were pretty timid and jittery but none were wounded that I could see. My DW and I were so relieved. We haven't been closing our driveway gate as there's only one dog within a half mile of us and it's an indoor dog. Our neighborhood is pretty rural so it's expected that if your dog is on someone elses property it's likely to be shot. I didn't even think about people visiting the street for the holidays and letting their dog loose... our driveway gate will now be shut anytime our birds are out free ranging. I'm lucky that this lesson didn't end more tragically.
  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    [​IMG] Glad your birds are safe! I just made a make shift chicken yard the other day because my girls wont stay in the yard. Unfortunately they realized they have wings and can fly over. Now to cover it with chicken wire! I used to live in Salem, Dallas, Milwaukie and Beaverton. Just spent a week in Oregon in August and plan a two week trip back next year!
  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Bad dog owners always deny responsibility. I'm glad that your birds survived. Check them closely for punture wounds.
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    [​IMG] I too am glad your story had a happy ending. Thanks for sharing, it's an important lesson that many of us have to learn the hard way. And this could happen any time of the year, not just during the holidays, folks could come visiting with their dog for other types of get-togethers with your neighbors. But that's really rude to say "It couldn't have been MY dog!", I'm glad you had witnesses to support your claims. Even the friendliest dog can harm/kill a chicken just by trying to play with it.

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