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Ill about dogs running a muck.
April 26, 2011
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mammaleigh
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I am sadend to say that I know that I have lost my Dominicker Rooster the feathers were all over my yard. I know that it was neighborhood dogs. And we live where there are very strict leash laws. I think I have lost my 2 hens also. I have not found any evidence of it but they are gone, my red roo is walking around the back yard crowing his head off. I guess looking for them. I was just telling my hubby last night that we needed a better yard for them…I am almost to the point of giving up on having chickens. Its sad that I can keep them in my yard but people who have dogs around here cant even take care of them properly. 

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

April 26, 2011
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OK I have decided that I am going to give it a try again with the chickens. I have 5 babies in the brooder right now so I cant really do anything with them, but I am keeping my gun out and loaded for the next dog I see come in to my yard. That is my right to protect my livestock and well family. Sorry I am venting, I am just so upset about losing him. He was my first roo the one that was given to my by my hubby so I was sentimental about him.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

April 26, 2011
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I'm sorry, and I would be upset too.  Makes me angry cause it is the owners of the dogs fault! 

April 26, 2011
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I used to let my chickens roam the yard, but I lost way too many to neighbors' dogs. (And more than one to my own dogs!) Now the girls stay in the chicken yard, with a very occasional romp thru the lawn in the evening–I stay outside with them til they return to the roost at dark.

I have lost a few even with this new penning policy–I don't have a top on the yard, and if one flies over the fence and I don't notice–bye, bye hen.

I don't really miss having big dust baths under the trees, or having mulch scratched up, so I guess it is all right.

I just haven't been the same since that house fell on my sister.

April 26, 2011
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I'm sorry about your chickens. My neighbor has four dogs that run amuck and it irritates the heck out of me. I can only let the chickens out if the kids are in the yard or I can be out there with them because the dogs are always trying to come over. What a pain.

April 26, 2011
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Shoot the dogs, bury them and keep quiet about it. If the neighbor asked if you have seen them say that they ran through your yard last week but you haven't seen they since. Make darn sure of your shots.

 

ps; The dogs are running amok.  Malay word meaning exactly what we use it for.

April 26, 2011
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I know that it is the owners fault, and I would hate to do anything to an animal because of the owner, but I have counted that I have lost 5 in the past 6 months to dogs. I was thinking just posting a sign on our road that states if a dog is found in my yard that I will shoot to kill. And hopefully that would keep the owners more responsible around here. I don't know if it would work or not though.

On the good side I was able to find one of my hens, she was not tore up just really shaken up. So she is in the house for a little while until it gets dark. I am still hoping that the other hens will come home. If not then I will keep looking for them. I miss my babies, I get really attached to them.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

April 26, 2011
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Posting the sign about shooting to kill a dog will probably be about like kicking a fire ant nest.  I live in a very rural area and all the old timers know it's a reality, but new people don't understand that livestock comes before pets.  Personally, I'd either do as Ross suggests SSS (shoot, shovel and shut-up…(not meaning shut-up to sound rude, it just works out better for the SSS thing)) or either call the sheriff and make a complaint, or catch them in a live trap and take them to the pound.  Here there's a hefty fine to get your pet out of the pound, so it might teach them a lesson. 

Check with your pound first to see if you can bring in “strays” or if they have to pick them up.  Don't admit you know the dogs or the owners.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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April 26, 2011
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I wish I had a way to trap them, I would not even know how to start. But yes your right about the sign…I know it is part of having livestock…I just wish people could understand what the laws are and how to abide by them. I mean if I was not allowed to have a elephant in my back yard I would not get one, and if I was I would make sure it was not tearing up my neighbors property. I dont know the more I think about it the more I get ticked. And I dont always know how to control my mouth when I get like that…whip

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April 26, 2011
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Do you have room for a lama or an alpaca? they hate dogs and will stomp them if they get the chance.

April 27, 2011
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I am so sorry to hear about your chickens, I agree with BuckeyeGirl, try to catch them and bring them to the pound, or do what Ross say's. whip    It makes me mad just thinking about it, I have six dogs, four are mine and two are my tenants, the four big dogs are fenced in and never get out, my two big dogs have bark collars on because of the next door neighbors complaints, never mind about all the other barking dogs in the neighborhood!  even though our property is fenced in the back, I still won't let my chickens free range, afraid of a stray dog wondering in some how and killing them.  I have always had dogs and have never let them run a muck.     

April 27, 2011
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I would go the civil route first and call in a complaint. If it was someone's cow that got taken down it would be a big deal, but people think chickens are not livestock or pets- that dogs will be dogs and there's nothing you can do about it. If the civil route didn't take care of it fairly immediately, I would also shoot the offending dogs. If they don't care enough to keep their dogs safe at home, then they should expect that they may not come home one day.

April 27, 2011
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You have to consider whether you really want to have all-out war with your neighbors.  I prefer not to, so I keep my hens up in a stout pen.  I am in a rural neighborhood, with no leash laws, and my dogs run some too.  If I shoot their dogs, they shoot my dogs, and who knows how far that can go.  I prefer to keep the peace.

Just to clarify–mine do not run loose constantly, or while I am not home, but they do take off after a rabbit once in a while, or go into the woods to dig up a groundhog or tree a squirrel. 

I just haven't been the same since that house fell on my sister.

April 27, 2011
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Very true sparrowgrass.  That's the way it is where I live too, but for me to shoot a dog it would have to be really incorrigible and dangerous to more than just my chickens.  My hens free range, but you'd have to see our property to know that it's not such a dangerous thing even if stray dogs come calling.  The chickens have the advantage!

Years ago I just put out tasty treats for a dog then got the dog to come for a ride with me to the pound.  Mean?  Maybe… but the people did get their dog back, and started being a LOT more careful about letting it roam.

I'm possibly a bit of a hypocrite now though, one neighbor dog cuts though the yard, barely glances at the hens and they don't even notice him so he's no real problem. That same lady's grandson has a poorly trained large breed who tries to 'play' with my hens, but he seems to recognize a gun when he sees it, so he clears right out and doesn't come by very often anymore, I just shot near it one time and he seemed to 'get' it.  Also, they actually saw me out with my .22 one time when the dog was running loose.  Somehow they seem to think that I got a marksman rating when I was in the military… hmmmm, wonder how that happened?  Fact is, I could shoot very well before Uncle Sam got me, but somehow that 'marksman' label is extra scary for them.  It's all ok with me no matter what as long as they keep their dog under control.

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April 27, 2011
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No I understand completely what you are saying and yes it would be a full on war if I shot their dog. But then again it has been a somewhat quiet war ever since I caught their dog digging out my quail, then they denied it even though I saw the dog. It was somewhat sweet justice seeing the old man (60's-70's) chase his dog around my backyard when I called the next time it was trying to dig them out. I lost about 40 quail at that time. I didn't even get an apology just that it was not their dog it must have been someone else. I plan to live in my home until I die, I am only 28 so I hope like crazy that it is not for many many more years. I need to do what my hubby has said and build a privacy fence around my whole property…I just never thought it would come to that, I don't want to feel like I am having to barricade myself in. I am being very civil right now, but I am going to do everything that I can to protect my girls and boys.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

April 27, 2011
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Oh, another thing, you can tell them that you have put out about 10 pounds of rat poison because you saw some mice and you'd hate for their dog to get sick.  A friend told me that one and that it worked for her.

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April 27, 2011
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THAT'S AWESOME BEG!!! I went over there today to see if they had seen where they might have gotten to, I got their grandson who is my age. He said that he would have his g-ma call me. I might have to say that when she does…perfect. Will chickens eat the rat poison? I didnt know if I could tell them that I saw my roo, eating it and was just worried about the dog?

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

April 27, 2011
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Great Idea about the Rat Poison, I will have to remember this!

April 27, 2011
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Oh yes, chickens will definitely eat it and of course you'd have it out of the way, but dogs are stronger than chickens and might find a way to get into it and you probably want to warn them since it might be so tempting to a dog and all.  A nice direct look when saying it with an “not too sincere” voice. 

Again, carrying the rifle up to get the mail or newspaper just about the time you expect them to drive by is helpful too… assuming they have some imagination.  I had one of the kids ask me about the gun and I just made a vague reply about how it comes in handy now and then.  The grandson asked another neighbor and that's how they got the impression I was a fantastic shot…  I'm not, I'm a good shot, but not some kind of Annie Oakley.  Anyway, hopefully it'll work out.

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April 27, 2011
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Love it, the only thing we have around here (please don't think we are nuts!) is a small pistol and then a AK47…that one is my hubby's, the pistol is mine.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

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