Rant! Neighbor dogs killed ALL of my chickens!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by greeneggsnham, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. greeneggsnham

    greeneggsnham Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I'm so freaking out today. Last night my fridge/freezer broke and we lost a lot of food(we JUST bought groceries yesterday), my horse broke through his fencing and ran down the road to see his friend half a mile away and now this morning after getting ready to go out on a "date day", I go out to see ALL of my chickens dead in their pen. [​IMG][​IMG]

    A few weeks ago these two black dogs started showing up on both my parents property and my own (right next to each other right in the middle of 300 or so acres we own) to chase our chickens. Both of us have ran them off a few times but they keep coming back. I never could get close enough to check their collars but out where we live no one uses tags anyway. These dogs have been a menace. My parents have 20 or so Buff Orpingtons in a pen that I originally built before I moved out and another 4 silkies that have a coop but free range during the day. I had about 7 hens including 4 English Orpingtons that were only ten weeks old. These were babies I raised from a day old in my house, feeding them by hand and letting them follow me around. They would curl up in my lap to sleep and were the first chickens I raised to be really docile and people friendly. [​IMG]

    Now for the pen....a few weeks ago, the nice predator proof coop they had got destroyed in a storm when a huge limb came crashing down on top of it making it unusable. Thankfully no one was hurt so I moved them to an old coop my dad had made years ago as a temporary solution till I could build a new one. I never even thought about how the little run area was fenced in with chicken wire since they were only going to be in there for a few weeks. The dogs thought better though....the wire was completely torn into and every last bird was killed except for a white silkie hen that I don't expect to make it through the day. She has puncture wounds over her body, her right leg will not hold any weight and she is listless and hardly even tries to lift her head.

    We don't know who these dogs belong to but I'm waiting up tonight. As soon as I see them, they are GONE! Running them off and firing warning shots has done nothing to deter them and it won't be long before they get my parents chickens too. They dig at the edges of the other runs and there are scratches on the boards at the bottoms of the other coops. I spent a big part of the morning crying but now I'm just mad. [​IMG] So help me if I find out who's dogs they are, they are paying for those chickens. I'm out of work right now thanks to a personal injury and those English Orps were going to be a way to help me make a little money on the side selling chicks and hatching eggs in the spring. Not to mention how I let myself get attached to them because they were going to be the start of my new flock once they started laying and I could hatch chicks.

    Lessons learned: Even if the coop is going to be temporary...REINFORCE IT! If a dog comes sniffing around your chickens...don't wait for it to come back when you are sleeping. Take care of it before it becomes a problem.

    Sorry for the rant. I just needed to type this out to help myself get over this. I've had predators get chickens before but I hadn't lost a single bird since I moved out of my parents house four years ago and these were my babies. The others I had been given by a friend but my E. Orps. were the first ones I raised by hand and got truly attached to. Sure I loved the others but I could still have processed them if I had to. Not these babies, they were my pets.One of the black ones was even frizzled with an Elvis hair do on top. [​IMG] I really wish those jerk dogs had gone after some honey in the beehive first. My bees would have chased them all the way back home.

    ETA: My in laws are helping us out with the refrigerator and my horse was given some sweet feed and sent back home. So those at least were resolved happily.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2015
  2. rides2far

    rides2far Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a crappy day you've had. I'm so sorry. I hope tomorrow will be better.
     
  3. Momoney176

    Momoney176 Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess it's time to bust out the rifles and get me some new black dog pelts heh.
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    So sorry! Mary
     
  5. beginnergirl

    beginnergirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so very sorry.
     
  6. ameliadanielle

    ameliadanielle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dad had a neighbor that let his black lab rub loose. It was constantly killing a chicken or two. One day, the dog killed dozens. My dad loaded them up in the back of his truck and dumped them all over the neighbors yard. He made sure his dog didn't come back. We'd done everything. Shot him with BB guns. My dad once swung a 2x4 and broke it on the dog. Nothing would keep that dog away. Until the neighbor had to figure out what to do with dozens of rotting chickens in his front yard.

    You are within your rights to shoot the dogs. At the same time the owners of the dogs are responsible as well. Laws here state they must compensate you for the value of the chickens as well. Not what you paid for them either, but their value at the time the dogs killed them. Check your local laws. They may end up owing you $20 or more per chicken depending on breed. So if you can find out who owns them, they will have to pay to replace your flock.
     
  7. greeneggsnham

    greeneggsnham Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all. I stayed up last night but they haven't come back yet. For now I'm looking at prices on wood and materials to build the ultimate chicken fort knox. I'll make sure that even if I don't get these jerks that my future chickens are safe at night at least.

    @ameliadanielle Yeah one of them is a black lab and it is the hardest one to get to leave. The other flees as soon as it sees us but that lab will chase those chickens till you really get its attention. Here in Missouri we have the same law where we can shoot it and bill the owners for the losses. It's just a matter of finding out who and getting them to claim the dogs.
     
  8. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope you get those dogs!
     
  9. ameliadanielle

    ameliadanielle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can get your hands on a large live trap, you could catch them and hold them until the owner comes looking for them. Then you can hand them an invoice and let them know if they pay for the flock and damaged coop they can have their dogs back on the condition they ensure the dogs do not come back onto your property or your parents property. I always feel bad. The dogs are just doing what dogs do and it's the owners that let them run loose that are the issue.

    We also had problem with a poodle killing chickens, my dad put a shock collar on him and shocked him all the way home. The neighbor had to bring the collar back. Lol. That dog also never returned. Which, if you have access to one and could get it on one of them, it could work. But expensive and a lot of trouble if you don't have one.
     
  10. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not the dogs fault, but probably better to just shoot them. You can get into legal trouble for the rest. I remember one farmer didn't want to kill dogs so he just shot them with BBs, guess what? He was charged with animal cruelty and almost went to jail.
     

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