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Poll: Yet Another Dog Attack

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Teila, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. Have you lost a chicken or chickens to a dog attack?

    4 vote(s)
    40.0%
  2. Have you recovered a chicken or chickens following a dog attack?

    4 vote(s)
    40.0%
  3. Have you lost a chicken or chickens to a different predator attack?

    8 vote(s)
    80.0%
  4. Have you recovered a chicken or chickens following an attack from a different predator?

    6 vote(s)
    60.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Touch wood … My gals have not experienced a predator attack of any description.

    I have lost a couple to ailments and that was traumatic enough but to even imagine one of my gals being ripped to pieces, eaten or badly injured is heartbreaking [​IMG]

    I have lost count of how many threads I have seen regarding dog attack from either the owners’ dog or the neighbours’ dog etc. Even those in secure runs whose free range is supervised .. gate accidentally left open .. dog managed to break in ... chicken flew out of run etc etc etc

    There is no point to my thread really except to say that after reading yet another dog attack post this morning, it really does sadden me to see our feathered friends injured in such a way [​IMG]

    Out of curiosity I searched ‘Dog Attack’ on BYC and came up with 25,996 threads!

    If only there was a way to dog-proof them!

    As morbid as it may sound and I am not sure if this has been done in the past, but I thought it would be interesting to run a poll on who has lost chickens to a dog attack, who has managed to recover chickens from a dog attack versus all other predators; just to see if the dogs outweigh all other predators and whether the recovery rate following the attack means that we are scoring a minor win.
     
  2. Zoomie

    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My biggest issue to date has been with raccoons. They are not even native to my state; they were introduced by people who wanted to hunt them. So far, for me, if a raccoon gets hold of a bird, they die. [​IMG]

    However, keep in mind that I also raise dairy goats and dogs are the #1 killer of goats in the US. So I'm already taking extreme measures to keep dogs off my place. I have had determined dogs dig under 5 fences in one night, to get at the goats. Therefore I lock my goats up in the barn at night. Dogs can not get into my barn; it has solid concrete foundations poured all the way around it, no areas missed, down to 3'. I have put my coop inside a stall in the barn, for this very reason: it makes a LOT harder for a predator to get at the birds at night.
     
  3. Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Coop
    We got one hen back from a dog attack. She doing great her tail feathers arent straight since he pretty much tore off the tail and it healed crookedly but she a great layer and is one of the top hens. However we have lost 13 to dog attacks so not sure that out weighs it or not.
     
  4. Bigwig

    Bigwig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About a week ago a coon tried to break though the closed iron chicken door that leads into the coop (unsuccessfully of course. My coop is like a bomb shelter. LOL). I'll probably set a live trap out tonight and see if I can catch the little bugger!
     
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Living in residential Aus, the greatest threat to my gals is neighbourhood dogs and cats. Free range is always supervised and I have the coop and run as secure as I can.

    My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a chicken to a predator .. as I mentioned, it is my greatest feat to go out and see one of my beautiful girls badly injured or worse.

    I have never intentionally harmed any animal and while I say that I do not think I could; in the back of my mind I am not so sure how I would react.
     

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