Trying to figure out what creature injured my jumbo cornish cross (GRAPHIC PIC)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by marmarjake, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. marmarjake

    marmarjake Out Of The Brooder

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    I come home this afternoon to feed my birds and let some free range to find 4 jumbo cornish cross got out of the pen and were in the yard. Two of them were missing feathers. The other was not too bad and moving along fine, eating and drinking. This one was huddled trying to get in with my laying hens with his eyes closed and shaking. I took him to a table to examine him, clean him up and assess the damage. Obviously, he had bruising, lacerations and a wing is hanging with tendons exposed. Ants were on him too. He was too far gone and had to go to chicken heaven.

    I have had problems with cats in the past, but this seems more like my boxer got intrigued. He likes to pounce and paw. (I don't let them free range unless I am out there to make sure he is under control). Do yall agree this is most likely the boxer?

    PS: I found the spot in the door they get out from, so will not be the problem anymore.
     
  2. Suzierd

    Suzierd Overrun With Chickens

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    At first I thought maybe Hawk but with others missing feathers and the dog having access to them that's probably what it was. A dead give away would be any wet feathers from slobber. I have seen them heal from worse then that with a little help.
     
  3. marmarjake

    marmarjake Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no clue how long they were out. We do have hawks but they usually steer clear due to the dog. They were really dirty which leads me to believe slober helped dirty stick cause it is in a nice grassy area.
     
  4. Suzierd

    Suzierd Overrun With Chickens

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    Very sorry you lost her, my vote is the boxer.
     
  5. marmarjake

    marmarjake Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been anti-rooster in the past, but may need to get one to teach the boxer a lesson.
     
  6. marmarjake

    marmarjake Out Of The Brooder

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    It was the boxer. Yesterday I was walking the yard with my mother in law and he brought us half an eaten chicken. I found a spot in the gate where they were squeezing out and fixed it. Hopefully, between the fixed gate and a rooster the dog will learn a lesson.
     
  7. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Even the nastiest roo is no match for a chicken killing dog. I would recommend some training and/or a kennel.

    Sorry for your losses. Good luck.
     
  8. Pinx

    Pinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always joke that I was going to muzzle my Doberman and put her in with the meanest Gander I could find. I don't think I could ever go through with it though lol.

    Sorry about your chickens. I have a Boxer and he is great with the chickens and won't dare even look cross at one... when I'm around. His favorite napping spot outside is right next to the run in the shade, he has followed me into the run and into the coop. He is very much a velcro dog so he thinks he has to follow me everywhere, I'm constantly telling him to get out of the run/coop. I free range my chickens and ducks while he is outside but you won't ever catch me leaving him outside with them unattended. He would pick one off in a heart beat.

    My Doberman is a magnet for chickens and ducks. When the birds are out free ranging I tie her up on the complete opposite end of the property and they always seem to make their way over to her just out of reach. I have to run them back to their side of the property all the time. They aren't the brightest lol, she would snatch one up in a heartbeat whether I was there or not. She took one chick from right in front of me and the only reason why he wasn't a gonner was because I grabbed for him the same time she went for him. With my hand still in her mouth and 2 little yellow legs hanging out, I told her to drop it and she spit out one mad wet chick.
     
  9. Sylvestor12

    Sylvestor12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One person from a magazine got a shock collar and let her dog out with all the chickens while she was acting inconspicuous and when the dog was a few feet away from a hen, she shocked him and did that over and over until the dog stopped.
     
  10. marmarjake

    marmarjake Out Of The Brooder

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    Ruger learned that I will chase him with the same shovel I bury the chickens with. All I have to do now is raise a shovel and he hides under the shed. I still don't trust him and they are not out unless I am there. That was a fluke that they found a hole and paid dearly for it. Oh, and to make matters even lovelier...he found where I apparently didn't bury a chicken well enough and dug it up, three days later after 90 and 100 degree weather. Needless to say it was a smelly adventure.
     

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