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Lost some chickens
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Mike in Carolina    Posted 02-11-2003 at 13:05:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Couple nights ago I went away for 3 hours before closing my chickens up for the night. I left about an hour before dark and got back about 2 hours after dark. When I got back and went to close them up, I was missing 5 chickens-the rest of them were on the roost. Two of the missing 5 showed up the next day- 1 of them hurt. Lots of feathers around the yard and I found the rooster dead by my house with all his tail feathrs gone but other wise not damaged.NO sign at all of the other 2 birds. My question is would a wild animal such as a fox or coon have done this much damage in 3 hours or less- or would it have been 1 or more dogs? Id really like to know what happened but the chickens arent talking. Any ideas?

CountryMaritimer    Posted 02-12-2003 at 05:45:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
We lost a few hens last spring to a fox. My wife and I were out for a walk, on the way back we saw a fox walking right up the main road, by the time we got to the coop it was chasing the hens like crazy. He hung around until one day he got one. That's back when the goats used to break the fence so the hens could escape!! Another story!. I reckon the fox was just feeding his family, I never did get to shoot him but did see one dead on the road a short time later.

Another time our 10 pound mini daschund chased our 15 pound rooster with 2 inch spurrs around the barn. We had just gotten this bird, he was/is a wimp. The dog proceeded to pull every feather out of his butt before we hauled her off, she never touched him again. We call him "bare arse Bill", his feathers are still not completely regrown and it has been 9 months!!

Going to lose some birds, I think it is worth it as long as they are happy and free as much as possible.

That's a Dog...    Posted 02-12-2003 at 00:59:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
..I'd bet on it...and one dog can kill all your chickens in an hour if he feels like it. I used to lose one or two here and there from my neighbors dog....he paid for every one...because the alternative I gave him meant digging a hole for his $300 dog. Lynch

Somebody Around You has a...    Posted 02-12-2003 at 01:06:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...dead chicken or 2 on their property or in their yard...hopefully they will be good enough to admit it and find they source of the chickens...if you live in Oregon you can shoot the dog or require that it be put down immediately...wish it was that way in they get the opportunity to pay for your losses...even with that...if they don't take care of the problem...I shoot them. Folks that don't keep track of their dogs shouldn't be allowed to have them. Lynch

MIke in Carolina    Posted 02-12-2003 at 03:51:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
You were right- this morning I went out to get the newspaper and there was a dead hen laying directly in front of my mailbox. Must have been a cowardly neighbors way of giving my bird back. Im still missing one of them. Any dogs on my property from now on better be ware.

Juliana    Posted 02-11-2003 at 19:09:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would it be worth the time and money to put an electric wire around the coop? Had a cat get one of my chickens and pulled the leg right off. Turned out to be the best layer. She got around by hopping and using her wings for support. Juliana

MIke in Carolina-    Posted 02-12-2003 at 03:54:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
A house cat? I didnt think they would be able to do that to a chicken. If I thought an electric fence wold work Id do it- but I like to let the hens run some so I dont think it would help this particlular situation.

LH    Posted 02-11-2003 at 16:59:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Defiitely dogs, anything else woulda taken the bird

MIke in Carolina    Posted 02-11-2003 at 16:06:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I appreciate ever body who has responded- it does hurt- these birds were like pets to me. I kind of had the feeling it was dogs too- but I have no prooof. I learned my lesson the hard way-espeacially hard on the birds.

bob ny    Posted 02-11-2003 at 16:05:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
definatly was not a fox if you found any part of the chicken left

Ana    Posted 02-11-2003 at 15:36:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
My sympathies. It hurts to see them scattered and damaged. My bet is on dogs too. I had two big ones climb my five foot fence, start killing chickens with me at home. Didn't loose but one, but saw those dogs just climb that fence like it was a ladder. I took the dead bird and went to the owner of the dogs. So far no more problems with those two. But I had dogs go through two fences while I was gone to the mailbox (1/4 mile away), and kill my pet rabbits. I felt terrible because they had no place to go--no place to hide--in that little pen. They put up a good fight evidently, but lost in the end. One rabbit could do tricks. Never did learn what dogs did that cause they were gone by the time I got back. Sad. And I don't keep rabbits any more.

RayP(MI)    Posted 02-11-2003 at 17:27:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had a dog attack on my rabbits a few years back, they bit and tore up the wooden/hardware cloth cages until they got in and removed the rabbits. Lots of claw and tooth marks in the cages. Now my bunnies are all safely enclosed in a tight and dog proof barn!

sHan    Posted 02-11-2003 at 14:21:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
i would put money on dogs i HAD a dog that went after come of my chickens and all he did was chase them around and bite at there butts because thats what was in front of him he tore up about 5 checkens in about 2 hrs and 2 died from a hartattac im guessing because they didnt have any marks on them except the missing feathers if it was a dog watch out it will come back again maybe even tonight just my 2 cents shan

Donna from Mo    Posted 02-11-2003 at 13:58:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It sounds like dogs to me. We had a whole flock of chickens wiped out by possums, years ago. They'd come every night and kill a chicken, often just eat the head off and leave. But I don't think the chickens would be scattered like that unless it was dogs, probably more than one.

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