The Case of the Disappearing Chickens:Mystery Solved.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by shotgunjustice, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. shotgunjustice

    shotgunjustice Out Of The Brooder

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    We started with 9 laying hens and purchased 74 chicks. After starting the babies in the house (we only lost 4), they were moved to our large chicken house. We were on a GREAT path. Recently, I was SURE that we were losing some (it's ridiculously difficult to count 80 birds). After I noticed that one of my favorites was for sure gone, I sat in the coop and counted. Then counted again. I came up with 69 each time. I have a feeling that my beloved Pyrenees/Anatolian is the culprit. He was hired to be their protector, but he has killed in the past. We never see anything, and never find ANY evidence of their demise. Just POOF, gone. I really hate to get rid of the dog, but I LOVE these birds and we have invested a great deal of money in them. People talk about hanging the corpse of the bird from the dog, but there's never one to hang. I should add that we can't keep him inside while we are away. Any suggestions?? [​IMG]
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    IMO, a dog will usually leave some evidence. Not just poof. I'm thinking hawk, especially if you've never seen him chase them.
     
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  3. jsimplytx125

    jsimplytx125 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a shame! Such a beautiful dog. Not sure this would work, but , have you seen the Cesar Milan " Dog Whisperer" video clip about training dogs to avoid chickens? It worked for our grown Border Collie (who is very herd/hunt focused), Italian Greyhound,and fox terrier. Those are a tough bunch to train!! Put dog on his back and bounce a hen and rooster (one at a time) on his tummy while trying to make chicken flail a little. Just a suggestion. hope it works for you.
     
  4. shotgunjustice

    shotgunjustice Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, I have seen him chase them, just never seen him do the killing. The ones that I know have disappeared are full sized chickens. Can a hawk take off with that big of prey? Please excuse my naivety, I'm still new at this.
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I would think some serious training from a qualified consultant is in order.
     

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