That was close!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Nuzzy, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Nuzzy

    Nuzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our birds free range all day everyday. Been that way since they were old enough back in the spring. Well every once in a while the two pit bulls next door get out and venture over to our property. Luckily they hadn't in a while (since before the birds free ranged). Until yesterday...


    My wife and I were inside when all of a sudden our dogs (a german and an australian shepherd) started going nuts! Usually that means someone's pulled in the driveway, but when I looked, no one was there. Just then I glanced out the back and saw both pits jumping out of our coop, one with a mouth full of feathers, in hot pursuit of a black australorp... All I had to do was open the sliding glass door a crack and our now enraged german took off in a dead sprint towards them. They immediately turned tail and ran for all they were worth! Cadee chased them all the way past the other neighbors and way back into the woods before eventually coming back and waiting by my side along with our Aussie in case they returned.

    I searched for bodies, but couldn't find any, which seamed a good sign. Sure enough, after a few hours all the birds had returned from hiding. Of course it worries me since our dogs aren't always outside during the day. I never minded in the past when random neighborhood dogs would wander through our yard. But now with chickens, I sure would suck to lose the entire flock some day! I guess that's the chance we take free ranging though... Oh well. [​IMG]
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I'm glad all your chickens are OK, close call for sure. whew!

    Sounds like you need to secure your yard or run, from rogue dogs.

    Good luck

    Imp
     
  3. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tell the dog's owner that he needs to keep his dogs off your property, or the dogs may not come home one day.
     
  4. Nuzzy

    Nuzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The sad truth is that the cost of replacing the entire flock every so often (though of course I hope we never have to) is still far cheaper than fencing in our entire yard. We're pretty rural. As for a secured run, I just enjoy the free ranging too much. The possible consequences I've accepted; I just hope I can continue avoiding them! [​IMG]

    Usually the neighbors are great, and the dogs are well behaved. But as we all know, it only takes once and who could blame a dog for with a prey drive going after a chicken... That being said, I've told them in the past I will try other means, but won't hesitate to shoot if the situation warrants. [​IMG]
     
  5. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Next time you see them, SSS.
    I'm glad all your birds are ok!
     
  6. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    Sounds like you (and your birds) were really lucky this time around! Hope that is the last you see of them in your back yard.
     
  7. Moabite

    Moabite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2010
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    Maybe you should get a few geese to protect your chickens [​IMG]
     
  8. Nuzzy

    Nuzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm thinking of giving the chickens lasers. They could totally do futuristic battle with the pits if they all had lasers! [​IMG]
     
  9. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm thinking of giving the chickens lasers. They could totally do futuristic battle with the pits if they all had lasers! [​IMG]

    Awesomness
     

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