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        03-06-2013, 11:34 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Our two missing chickens showed up DEMANDING breakfast. Bawk Bawk Bawk!!

    Now that it's light, everyone is home and we can actually see, we are 99% sure it was a dog. Pile of feathers in 3 spots, 2 blood spots and then where she died. This was someone playing with the chicken, not someone grabbing an easy meal.

    She is a herding dog but she does not "herd" she jumps and grabs at my dog. She grabbed at the chicken multiple times and got nothing but feathers (Cochin.... so 98% feathers, 2% chicken) so she went for the head.

    Chickens are locked up in their 100x100 run today (they're just a bit spoiled) so I can keep an eye on them and I left the dead body right in front of the run where she died... I have a scoped .22 sitting on the kitchen table. If it's a coyote it's going to be shot, if it's the dog, I am going to go dump her off at the nearest heeler rescue.

    She's unlicensed, no tags, no microchip, no nothing... not even a collar. Oh and she is of course intact.

    She pinned my 103lb BullMastiff down yesterday morning and ripped the bandages off the 21 staples in his leg (had cancer surgery) when I let him out in MY YARD to go potty.

    I am done, done, done. I won't shoot the dog as it would be a perfectly wonderful dog if given some training, exercise and SOMETHING to do. Not thrown in a small fenced area and left to rot until it's old enough to "make babies". It's a purebred blue heeler, I'm sure a rescue could find it a suitable (non-chicken now that's she's tasted blood) home.
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        03-06-2013, 11:43 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    Glad your two girls came home though.

    Uggh, I hate neighbors' dogs. I see the tracks from my neighbor's roaming beagle all around my chicken run every time we get more snow. They think it's just the cutest, sweetest dog ever, but everyone else can't stand it because it tracks up their yards, poops everywhere, just annoying.
         
        03-06-2013, 03:06 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Shoot shovel shut up, either that or like you said, grab it drive it to a shelter and don't say anything.
         
        03-06-2013, 04:00 PM
      #14
    Super Moderator
    Once the dog has killed it will be back again.
    F you can, run an electric wire around the area where the birds are and that might well deter the dog. You will know if it has run into the fence by the screams!

    I have had dogs kill my chickens but they have never tried it a second time. I have caught them given them such a hiding and then tied the dead bird around their necks and left it there for several days. They will not look at the birds again!

    We have four geese here and it is hysterical to see the dogs keeping out of their way. My big bold GSD will yelp if the gander looks at her and all four birds were chasing two Foxhound pups around a big bale in the barn, the pups were terrified. So funny to watch them.
         
        03-06-2013, 04:04 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    I don't care how wonderful of a dog it COULD be, if it was killing my chickens, it would be dead already.
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        03-06-2013, 04:42 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Raccoon, foxes, possum, cats, dog? Lots of things.
         
        03-08-2013, 04:55 PM
      #17
    Trained
    While you are hauling your neighbor's dog off, will you drop by and pick up my neighbor's dog as well?
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        03-08-2013, 05:51 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Don't shoot the dog, just because the owners are stupid. Dogs need discipline and rules just like everything else! If you can't work with your neighbors then differently seek help from a rescue or shelter. Also skunks will eat the heads off and leave the rest.
         
        03-10-2013, 12:49 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LAhorses    
    Also skunks will eat the heads off and leave the rest.
    Who told you that nonsense?

    To the OP -- I had a neighbour's dog go after my chickens. They offered to pay for new chickens for me and then later called me and asked me to shoot their dog. Wow. I said, no but I would lend them my gun and stand by while they did it. I'm not taking on their responsibility. However, if the dog was in my yard and the neighbour denied, denied, denied, I would be sorely tempted. It can get nasty really fast. I like your idea of the rescue. Be sure to document it, if it is the neighbour's dog. KYA.
         
        03-10-2013, 01:15 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
    Who told you that nonsense?

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    I was not tell the person to tell LAhorse this however I can from first hand experience say that did happen to me. It was a skunk that was identified as doing the deed and it was ducks instead of chickens. Came home one day wondering why that ducks hadn't moved and once I got up to them I saw the body was perfect intact but the head gone - felt like I had stumbled into a horror movie.
         

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