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    Default Re: My dogs ate my chooks :(

    My dog ate mine when i was a kid ... then she ate the neighbours mum & dad took her to the pound cos the neighbour said he was going to bait her (and he would have).

    Are your dogs bored? Thats why mine did it, she was a kelpie x and needed a farm or alot more work.

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    When I was a child, I rescued a dove from a neighbours dog once. I climbed the fence and prized its mouth open to rescue the dove.

    It was in a bad way, and I spent weeks nursing it back to health, handfeeding it a slurry at first until it was recovered enough to eat on its own.

    Then one day I got home from school and went to check on the dove, only to discover that my dog had dug under the avery and killed it. I felt so bad. I had rescued the dove from the neighbours dog, only to feed it to my own.

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    Default Re: My dogs ate my chooks :(

    My dog did the same thing last year. He killed and chewed up our 2 chickens. I was so upset, I couldnt even look at him, I just put him in the garage until my hubby got home to bury the bodies.

    It's so hard because I understand why he did it. He's a dog. He was following his instincts. But it still made me want to hurl.

    It took me about 3 or 4 days before I could look at him again but after that we were ok. It was our fault- we were complacent and underestimated his doggy instinct.

    I am sending you a big hug because I know exactly how you feel at the moment. Only time will heal it. But I promise, it will get better.

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    It's a horrible feeling when one of your animals hurts another. I love my dogs, but I also have an obligation to keep ALL the animals safe, it can really tear you up.

    We used to have a gorgeous dog named Sez, who was fantastic around kids and the other animals. I got up one morning and went to investigate a strange sound. It was a pregnant goat who'd stuck her head through a fence. Sez must have become overexcited by the noise, and was biting at her face. By the time I got there the goat was too badly injured to save, and Sez was still trying to get to her. I had to call my dp who talked me through loading a rifle and where to shoot the goat.. we ended up putting Sez down because I didn't trust her to not loose herself in her excitement again, and I was terrified she'd be set off by a child. I felt extremely guilty, even though there had never been any signs of aggression before.

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    Default My dogs ate my chooks :(

    You poor thing, I hope you can find a solution

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    Default My dogs ate my chooks :(

    Sounds like they were bored if they broke into the pen to get them.

    Our dog has lunged for a chicken only once cause the chook got into the main yard and DH was trying to catch it so our border collie thought she'd help :/

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    Default My dogs ate my chooks :(

    I have a dog and I want to get a cat but my dog is just so easily excited so I googled how to get them used to each other and I read that some dogs will never be able to enjoy the cats company because some are just hunters. Meanwhile my neighbours have a couple of chooks and they have a massive pig dog. When I throw the pig dog a ball over the fence he instantly tears and rips it up to the point you would never have guessed it was a ball. He has never bothered the chickens and has never lurked about their cages and the dog is lonely and bored. Maybe if they were pigs it would be a different story lol.

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    Default My dogs ate my chooks :(

    I agree with pp. they are dogs n it is natural for them, you don't know the circumstances as you weren't home. We lived against cane farms n my dog would often kill the bandicoots etc running out of the cane or catch mice etc. She never snapped at a person let alive bite them as she knew they weren't prey. I was never concerned with children or people around her. She was taught they were superior not toys or prey.

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    Default My dogs ate my chooks :(

    Geez I think it's way over the top to get your dog put down or take them to the pound just because they killed some chooks or other animal. Yes if they have ever shown aggression to a human, that's a different story, but dogs have natural instincts to chase and kill wildlife, they can't help it. If I left my two dogs alone with chooks flapping around I can guarantee they would kill them or at least hurt them, not from aggression but excitement. They are beautiful natured dogs towards other dogs and humans, they just have a high drive to chase birds and other small animals. Therefore I don't let them anywhere near farm animals. Poor dogs to be put down or locked in a shed just because they acted on their natural instincts.

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    I can understand that sick feeling.

    My chooks roamed freely with my two border collies with no issue until one day we threw some food scraps out for the dogs..one of the chooks came too close and... got her wing torn off - she died from shock and injury.
    He got yelled at and he knew I wasn't happy with him, for weeks after he'd walk over with his head hung low, looking up at me with 'puppy dog eyes'.

    I now have them in a seperate part of the yard behind a sturdy fence - and neither dog has attempted to dig under. I won't risk having them together again though.

    ..I guess you need to know your dog's character - if they are a digger, take measures to protect the birds.

    I even get upset when the dogs catch little fledgings that are learning to fly and drop to the ground.
    It is natural though - and I like that my dogs are 'protecting' are yard...they alert me to blue tongues by barking, luckily none have been chomped yet, and the female dog also barks continuously, with her nose 2cm away from a bee buzzing on the ground.


    Sorry about your chookies - it is hard not to become attached.


 

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