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That's ONE....Countdown to SSS

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by speckledhen, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Some of you may recall that the neighbor's dog, an Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler cross and very young, was on our property recently. We have a bit over five acres, but about 3 acres of it is for sale, and we have perimeter fenced the other 2.22 acres with our house and outbuildings on it. It's livestock fencing on a heavily wooded parcel, mostly to keep my girls in and roaming dogs from being able to just come through easily; however, if given enough time, a motivated dog can dig under or climb over.
    Today, my younger BR rooster, Mace, was kicking up a ruckus behind one of the garden areas. We look up to see that dog up at the fence and not just the part that is closest to his owner's property, but way up at the back of the fence that divides my smaller parcel from the parcel I'm selling, probably looking for a way in and eyeing some of my girls who were doing what they're best at, rototilling the raised beds. We yell at the dog, who walks down the hill toward his home, then turns around to bark at us from a safe distance. There were people over there and some kid we dont know yelled for the dog, sort of half-heartedly.
    My DH called to talk to the neighbor who said he would "take care of it". What that means probably does not include making a fenced area for said dog. I'd be willing to bet money that he'll be back up here. They've been warned. That's ONE....
    I like my neighbors, and having good relations with them is important, but I have birds who are not easily replaced, some from quality show stock. To me, their lives are more important than playing nice with the people who live next to me.
     
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    You are absolutely justified shooting a dog that is worrying your birds. Just remember the Shut up part- my friend shot his neighbor's dog and it started an all out war a month later when he felt bad and told them about it. If they aren't worried about their dog wandering then there is no point in worrying about how they feel about it. Free ranging dogs are as much at risk as free ranging chickens. [​IMG]
     
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    You gonna give more than one warning? I wouldn't. I gave my neighbors one warning and then shot it with rock salt and a week later SSS.

    Let the neighbor know that if that dog gets anywhere near the Suedenator, much less harms him, some indian woman from Oregon is flying in to deal with the dog. [​IMG]
     
  4. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    Oh Cyn you have been heavy on my mind all week. I sure am glad you got a warning from the chickens or who knows. Don't take any more chances with that dog, 2 x's is one to many.

    Hope this finds the rest of the flock doing ok, haven't seen any new posts in the health section so I am going on no news is good news.

    Hang in there
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Cetawin,
    I think you could have a new, very lucrative, business venture here. The possibilities would be endless.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Quote:LOL, you crack me up! But somewhere deep down, I think you may meant that. [​IMG] I'm not sure what the next move is, but I seriously doubt that the dog will stay off my property. I kept thinking, thank goodness we finished that last 20' of perimeter fencing because that was the part the dog was hanging around. If we hadn't, I might have lost a couple of birds. Also, I'm happy that Mace did his job as flock protector perfectly. His older brother was on the other side of the house with another group of ladies and didn't see the dog. And we just happened to be outside when the alarm started.
    The neighbor is a divorced man, a truck driver who is gone quite alot. When he's not home, his 90 yr old mother is, but she shouldn't be expected to chase down a dog, for heavens sake! They are both nice people, but like many, they just let their dog roam. The last dog they had would walk around my property and even come on it, but she never even looked at a chicken. This one is a different type altogether, plus he's less than a year old and very energetic. I'm sure he'll be back; only a matter of time. My DH has his gun loaded and ready.

    Jean, I forgot to say that no one is really in crisis mode here, health wise. Ivy is still not laying and I'm sure she has that stuff building up inside of her, but she is walking all over with the rest of the flock and doing okay for the moment. Zane is the same as far as his leg goes, but he's a cheerful fellow and an absolute angel. He comes inside when it's cold or rainy so he doesn't have to just sit in that dog crate by himself. My dog is not even slightly amused by this. She is scared to death of him!
     
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  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    LOL, you crack me up! But somewhere deep down, I think you may meant that

    You betcha. I love that Roo he is THE MAN in my book. I want Suede babies so bad I cannot stand it. LOL Good thing I do not have an incubator yet. [​IMG]

    EDIT: I mean really look at your avatar and that suedenator...how could you not want that boy?


    P.S. What kind of person would expect an elderly woman to be responsible for a dog running loose? That is just insane not to mention inconsiderate as heck.​
     
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  8. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're supposed to warn them?? I've been doing it wrong. [​IMG]


    Your cat or dog in your yard is a pet. Your cat or dog in my yard is a stray. Stays are shot on site.
     
  9. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Quote:Cetawin,
    I think you could have a new, very lucrative, business venture here. The possibilities would be endless.

    Especially if I market the services on this forum. [​IMG] It is an idea....my services for ummmm chicks, fencing or coop materials! Yes that is a good idea. I must consider this...I do enjoy travel. [​IMG]
     
  10. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Cyn, you keep an eye on that darn dog! I can't stand the thoughts of you having any of your girls or maybe even a roo lost on the count of it!
    [​IMG] I have real issues with folks who don't control their pets!!!!
     

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