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Worst Attack Ever

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by westfallmadison, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. westfallmadison

    westfallmadison In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2010
    Circleville, Ohio
    We were vacation and had left our house with an house sitter her only job was to feed are 25 chickens plus 5 turkeys. We usally let them free range but since we werent going to be there we told her just to leave them in there coop with also has a large run attached to it that is fenced in. We also have a full grown German Shepherd that grauds the chickens from predators that for the first time we took to stay at a kennel while we were gone. We have had these chickens for about an year with know problem at all.
    Two days before we were supposed leave from vaction we got an call early in the morning from the house sitter saying that last night she had let the chickens out because she thought she would be home in time to put them away of course she wasnt so apprently when they got home late at night and finally could find time to put them away all the was left in the coop and yard were a bunch of feathers and bodies not eaten just laying there she could only find one chicken which who knows how well she looked. But anyways she didnt want to tell us so she called are neighbor that we know to help her. the neighbor called us and told us there was only one chicken this was the next morning since they couldnt see anything in the dark. As soon as we got the new we started bawling they were pets to use. We packed up all our stuff and left right away and started making the 7 hour drive back. We got another phone that said when they started looking the next morning they actually found more live chickens and that they were coming from everywhere the field, across the road, are turkeys were found they had somehow jumped the fence that seprates our house for the neighbors. This made us feel a little better knowing we had more than one survive. But it made us sick to think your chickens had spent the night outside unprotected and possibly hurt. We just wanted to be there and help look and start treatment if needed cause no one knows your chickens like you do and they hiding spots we didnt even know which ones they found because they didnt know breeds or which ones were which. We had them send pictures of the bodies to our phone with was awful so we could tell with ones didnt make it. When we finally got there we checked to see how many we had left still alive and who needed treatment. Every single chicken we owned that was still alive had bite marks some had no tails, couldnt walk it was awful. so we took one at a time inside and put cream and since they were outside for the night hurt they had maggots we had to clean. So that night we had 9 chickens inside in dog kennels so they would heal. the maggots were gone the next day but it has been an month since then now we only have 2 chickens left inside and they are doing pretty well. out of the 9 that stayed inside only one didnt make it, which was are favorite she was an old dark braham and she was so sweet she was the oldest of the flock cause we had adopted her because her other owners were going to kill her we cryed over here for ever. so all the we lost 3 favorolles chicks which were in a differnet area nothing even eat them just killed them. 8 babys that had just been moved to the big coop and out of the big chickens our golden laced wyandotte that i had just taken to fair are favorite rooster that was an gorgoues salmon favorolle one of our turkeys had to be put down and our silver cuckoo maran lady it was awfull. Now our survivers are just so sad looking some without tails and they lost they male roo now they are without an leader. That was the worst day ever we found out later that an another neighbor had seen a welsh corgi coming out of our yard that belonged to an neighbor and when we asked her about it she said it happens.

    My Roo that was lost that day we suspect he tried to fight off the dog beside him is the same breed as him but female, shes taking it the hardest we think
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011

  2. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Songster

    Mar 18, 2010
    South Carolina
    so sorry [​IMG]
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    gee IF the corgi ends up laying out with fur all over the place, do tell that neighbor "it happens."
  5. sharron

    sharron Songster

    May 12, 2010
    scottdale pa
    so sorry:hugs
  6. spacecowgirl

    spacecowgirl Songster

    Jul 30, 2011
    That is so sad! What an awful thing to come home to.

    I do have a question, however; how come your chicken sitter let them out after specifically being instructed not to? Especially while she's not even there to keep an eye on them??? I don't know if you were paying her or not, but she definately was not doing her job correctly. I'm sure she feels horrible about it, who wouldn't? But she's directly responsible for putting them in danger, against your wishes and instruction. [​IMG]

    So, so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
  7. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Songster

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC

    My deepest heartfelt condolences... [​IMG]

  8. RoosterRidge

    RoosterRidge Songster

    Jun 14, 2011
    Dry Fork, Va.
    So sorry for your loss. [​IMG] I was concidering getting someone to come check on my babies when DH has surgery. But now I think I will make the drive back each day. Wonder how the owner of the killer would have reacted if your chickens had pecked their little angel to death. [​IMG] Bet they would be thinking differently. Where we live chickens are considered livestock. I love all animals but let one harm my babies and I will not hesitate to put it down or have it put down. We do not have a leash law in the county but that still does not mean that they have a right to let them cause harm. Thank you for your post because now I have some thinking to do.
  9. brownysfp

    brownysfp Songster

    Dec 1, 2010
    Correze, France
    That's a dreadful thing to happen. When we had two hens killed by dogs, we were able to go after their owners - legally, as it happened. Is there any chance of action against your neighbour based on her "couldn't give a sh#t" confession?
  10. 1livelychick

    1livelychick Songster

    Feb 22, 2010
    So sorry. [​IMG] Can't believe the sitter went against your guide lines!

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