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    09-24-2012, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Delfina    

Boarder offered to "replace" any missing chickens. She didn't get that it's not 20 chickens.... it's Lucky, Chirps, Bella, Rainbow Feathers, Ducky Waddle, Brownie, Midnight, Speedy, Fluffy Mc Fluffers, Snowball, Frizzie, Chocolate, Midnight Jr, Feathers, Dog Food, Black Star, BlueJay, Chicken Joe, The Twins and so on.... I hauled chickens out of the hay stack, the goat house, the cow shed, way at the end of the horse pasture and finally found the last chicken Fluffy Mc Fluffers way out in the cow pasture, terrified and shaking under some tall weeds.

I know this is not funny situation ...but I did laugh untill tears came when I read this sentence.

I am so glad for your family that after the crisis everyone survived.
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    09-24-2012, 12:50 PM
I really don't think people realize how hard it is to rehome a dog that chases/ attacks livestock. Its really darn near impossible even if the dog is the SWEETEST thing EVER to people. And like Absit clearly stated, sometimes you can try and try with a dog, and they just refuse to learn, or they go back to doing what they are doing.

I live on a farm and because of that I want a dog that is going to stick around and is going to be a good enough dog that I don't have to keep them kenneled or tied up...if you have to do that, it defeats the purpose of a farm dog. Fritz (my red heeler) Is really not my favorite dog... she has been so hard headed and she has an obnoxious personality- the only way that dog learns anything is through PAIN. Even then she likes to revert back to stuff she has gotten in trouble for a million times.. the only reason I tolerate her is because she does stick around, and she is a fantastic guard dog ( aloof to strangers BUT NOT aggressive), and while the bizatch will still occasionally nip a horse or tear something up , I KNOW she isnt down there terrorizing them when im not around. BUt if the need ever arises to where she would have to be "rehomed", I may as well put her down because NO ONE will want her.
    09-24-2012, 12:57 PM
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Oh *I* don't name the chickens... I have 8 and 11yr old girls and the chickens are basically their pets with a lovely byproduct of eggs.

I told the boarder that her dog has to be leashed at all times. Hubby is having a chat with the neighbor about her dogs running loose and chasing calves. Only 1 of the calves is mine, the other 4 are boarded here, I cannot afford to have a boarder lose calves and I'm sure it's not good for their Mom's who have already been re-bred, to be frantically chasing after their babies either.

I really don't want to harm anyone's pet but my entire property is adequately fenced, so I am completely within my rights to dispatch of animals harassing my livestock. In addition to chickens and cows, we have horses, turkeys, goats and piglets. None of which I am willing to lose.

Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
I know this is not funny situation ...but I did laugh untill tears came when I read this sentence.

I am so glad for your family that after the crisis everyone survived.
Oh I get it.... trust me, I felt really dumb as I was screaming across the pasture "Hey kids, I found Fluffy Mc Fluffers!" Half the time, I get all the names wrong and get yelled at. Only chicken I really "knew" was the original Brownie and only because for whatever reason, she loved me. Dumb chicken followed me all over tarnation and INSISTED on riding around on the ATV with me. She was also the first one to become Coyote dinner.
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    09-24-2012, 01:05 PM
My great dane will chase livestock, but the minute you tell her to quit she stops. She tried chasing my mare, and she got rolled across the pasture! She won't bother with horses anymore. Just goats and my neighbors mini donk.
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    09-24-2012, 01:18 PM
Originally Posted by Delfina    
I'm sure it's not good for their Mom's who have already been re-bred, to be frantically chasing after their babies either.
Perhaps you should pen the neighbor dog with a good boss cow . . .

Our cows will threaten the dog if they decide he shouldn't be checking the herd with us. He's a sweet dog. Allows the calves to head butt him until they are too big and don't understand he is only 100 pounds and they aren't anymore. He never barks or chases them. But he also knows if we tell him "out", he leaves the fenced area.
    09-24-2012, 01:27 PM
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I don't HAVE a boss cow apparently! There's 12 cows, 2 1/2 are mine (boarder gave me 1/2 of the baby steer for hand-raising him after his Mommy died) and the rest are all boarded here.

There's a big ol' Hereford Bull out there! Who turned into a giant sissy, tucked his tail and RAN from the dogs. I must admit, I couldn't stop giggling when I called the boarder to tell him his cows were all being chased and that his bull was a giant WUSS! He's one of the local Game Wardens, so he's going to drop by in uniform to have a chat with the neighbor about their unleashed dogs harassing livestock.
    09-24-2012, 01:31 PM
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I am so glad you found all your chickens. Yes, it's time for a sign that dogs must be on a leash. My dog is in the kennel right now, as she was w/hubby yesterday & she wandered away from him, (while he was helping a neighbor) & did a little property destruction while chasing a rat. So she's no longer welcome there. Also, we have to keep VERY close tabs on our dogs, as there are a number of loose dogs that run all over our ranches out here. None of us like that-it's so disruptive.
    10-18-2012, 11:30 PM
A lot of dogs won't chase livestock at their home, because they see them as part of their family and will actually be protective. They see others' animals as fun chase-toys though. Chickens and bunnies squeak when you squeeze them - that's extra fun.
Boarders should never be allowed to bring their dogs (unless leashed and tethered). Imagine a dog chasing a green horse with a green horse. Disastrous.
    10-20-2012, 06:47 PM
Around here it is 100% legal to shoot dogs that harass livestock. It's not the neighborly thing to do, though...
    10-23-2012, 08:51 AM
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Blame the owner, not the dog.

That's Shadow, my lab/cocker mix. He should be hard wired for bird hunting however he considers it part of his job to take care of the birds.

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