will a lab kill a chick

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Berynn, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. Berynn

    Berynn Cooped Up

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    For the first time yesterday, at 5:00 I let my chicks out for an hour. Today they did great all day/
    I have a lazy chock labadore, that I think killed one, my husband doesn't think that she did it. I don't think that she did it I know that she did it. The chicks were fine all day until I let her out. Her neck was tore a bit.
    We live near hawks, and other preditors and the hawk would had takenit off.
    The chicks are almost two months old. Do you think the 8 year old lazy labodore could do that?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Absolutely it can! A lab is a bird dog, bred for hunting.
     
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Yes, should could easily kill one. Any dog could or would.
    I support having dogs with chickens but only after proper
    training and observation.

    I'm having a hard time understanding you.
    How do you know she did it?
    Are you saying you found the dead chick and it had a torn neck?
     
  4. mdbucks

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    Yes the lab could do it. Even if it didnt mean to, just bringing it to you(carrying it in its mouth) would be enough stress to make the chick have a heart attack, and though labs are spose to have soft mouths, they still would exert enough pressure to kill a chick. [​IMG]
     
  5. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    typing at the same time again. OOoooohhh eerriiee or what??????????????
     
  6. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:Great minds think alike...
     
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Absolutely.
    No matter what breed the dog is they love to play with small animated things, an chics fall into this catagory. It probably didn't set out to kill, just play and oops!

    Did you see her playing with the chics?
    How do you know it was the dog?
     
  8. User48

    User48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've lost 3 birds to predators. Two were to a hawk, one was to my very sweet, mellow, much loved yellow lab. The bird was about 6 weeks old at the time - A beautiful Dominique pullet who had a "twin" from My Pet Chicken (she was my freebie). I chased my lab around our house twice while still in my pajamas trying to get him to drop it, but he held tight despite all my shrieking & general looking like a lunatic behavior. He has always minded me, but for the first time in his life he actually growled at me. I've never seen anything like it - wouldn't have believed him capable had I not watched the whole thing happen. When he finally dropped my bird, he had not punctured it - it looked so beautiful & peaceful & was still warm. It's neck was broken & there was nothing I could do for it, obviously. I'm still so angry, mainly at myself, that this happened. After that, we started building a run & I never let my birds free-range at the same time that the dogs are out. Of course, they were free-ranging in a fenced yard, but in the case of the poor Dom, it found its way out on the other side via a hole at the same time that my lab was walking by.

    Hope this helps.

    Laura
     
  9. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its very possible the dog did it. I had two 4-week old chicks slip under the neighbors chain link fence where their labs had pushed up a bit. My husband jumped the fence trying to save the chicks, but the dogs tossed the chicks in the air and played tug-o-war. The chicks didn't have a chance.
     
  10. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Absolutely right, they're a favorite of duck hunters up in my parts. I would not trust any dog that was not raised around chickens and taught chickens aren't toys.
     

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