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Ill about dogs running a muck.
April 27, 2011
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ROFL I know gun nuts, am very good friends with several, and very good friends with people who would never have a gun in their house.  That's your business!!!  But two guns does not make a nut.  

Back to the subject… sort of anyway, so yeah, carrying an AK around the property might be a bit of overkill!  laugh  No pun intended! 

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April 27, 2011
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gakaren
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I have a CO2 powered pistol & rifle!  It won't kill them but sure does hurt.  It works really well for discouraging stray dogs coming onto the property!

 

But ya'al need to check the laws in your area.  My brother nearly got put in jail for pointing a bb gun at a dog that was ripping his rabbit cages apart & killing his rabbits!  That was the law where he lived. 

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April 28, 2011
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Yes, gakaren, you are right. I do have a BB gun, I wont use that because the last time I had to have animal control out here because a neighborhood dog tore in to my chicken I was told then that she should site me because I shot it with a BB gun. It is considered animal cruelty. At that time she said that my best form of defense is my water hose, or if I am a very VERY good shot a gun. She said that it has to be a one kill shot and the animal has to drop on my property. Sorry I know that a water hose will not do a thing, I have tried that. Have you ever seen how fast a chicken can run when it is being chased? I don't have a hose that big!

BEG, I was not saying that we are nuts for having 2 guns just the AK. We had someone about a year ago pull a gun on my hubby while he was standing on our front porch. It was very scary and the man is in jail now, but my hubby went a little overborad in trying to protect us if it ever happened again. The man was on some serious drugs and has some mental issues, we know that he is getting out here in the next few months, So we will see what happens.

Its crazy, the gun laws for animals are the same for people here.

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April 28, 2011
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My husband's aunt still chuckles about the time she came by while I was out with my gun. It was an early on a weekend and I headed out after a critter in my capri-style pjs, muck boots, and hair flying wildly. I heard a car coming, so I decided to wait until it passed before shooting. As I stood there waiting, the truck pulled into our drive! yes His aunt pulled out her cell phone and took pictures. She still talks about it. She also now calls me “Annie”. I've come a long way from the girl who ran over a field mouse when she was 16 and had to pull the car over and cry about it.

April 28, 2011
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My neigbors had a huge chocolate lab that ended up being the community dog because it got to where not even the owners could catch it. No ones livestock, trash, small dogs, buildings or personal property was safe. I had had it with it. I guess I wasn't the only one because it disappeared a few weeks ago. I'm glad it is gone because I was about to the point of the SSS thing. My dogs are penned or chained and the little house dogs don't leave my yard when they go out. I love my dogs and know if they start being a problem for someone else they might not come back home. A couple years ago one neighbors dog broke through the gate and killed 5 turkeys. The neigbor and I went rounds and soon they got rid of the dog. Because I either wanted the birds replaced or the dog gone. I have a 180 pound alaskin malamute, he looks like a lion laying in my yard. If he was running loose and terrorizing the villagers, you bet someone would have a gun or calling me to chain him back up. He looks VERY intimidating but is a big baby but they don't know that.

April 28, 2011
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There are two kinds of loose dogs; the friendly, curious ones that wouldn't harm a kitten and the carnivores that hunt for the sport of it. My neighbor had a big block head lab that played football with the kids and never hurt anybody or thing. I saw him one day in my yard and asked him what he thought he was doing over here. He dropped his head about an inch and walked away. In about a minute he returned with the biggest sycamore leaf I have seen, walked right up to me and presented it as payment for crossing my yard. Dogs like that are always welcome.

April 29, 2011
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Ross, as I read your post, I could actually see the mini movie of that lab play out in my head.  Thank you.

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April 29, 2011
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Ross, I so agree. If the dog(s) don't harm anything, I have no problem with them. We have stray dogs run through our place all the time and don't bother any of our animals and eventually they leave (safely).

April 29, 2011
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Definitely talk to animal control, but at this point they most likely can't do anything – you have to PROVE it was the specific animal.  We've been having the same issue here, with a neighbor that can't control his dog that wants to play with the chickens.  We've lost one and one had half her feathers pulled out, but I have nothing to prove it was that dog (other than catching it in the coop previously and letting it go – dumb move on our part).  Animal control says I have the right to protect my livestock and shoot the dog.  But that will vary in different localities.  If you do choose the SSS method, make sure it is a kill shot – last thing you need is the owner sueing you for vet bills.  In my situation, the owner knows I'm carrying my deer rifle with me to put his dog down and he still can't control it properly.  Just haven't had the luck of a clear shot yet.  Good luck and long happy lives to your girls!

April 30, 2011
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We used to have chickens in town – kept in a fenced area.  The neighbor dog would come over and tear down the fence and get our chickens.  Yes, there was a leash law.  I tried talking nicely to the neighbor, but it kept happening.  Finally I called the police.  They came and gave him a ticket and he had to pay a fine.  The dog still ran loose and killed my chickens.  I came home from work one day to find the police sitting in my drive.  When I got to him, he handed me a ticket for “two small chickens running at large”.  The neighbor dog tore down the fence (again), the chickens got out and the neighbor called the police on me this time!  I had to pay a $65 fine.  It started quite a feud.  Finally, we waited until the dog came in the yard, while the neighbor was gone, and (unfortunately for the dog) we shot him and disposed of him.  I still feel bad for the dog – it wasn't his fault – it was the neighbors!  

I certainly understand what you are going through and I hope all of this can be resolved peacefully without further chicken loss or the loss of a pet.  Best of luck!

 

P.s. I am a 100% dog/animal lover and I cried for days after we had to do that – but I was a young, single, very poor mom of 4 and our chickens provided food for us.chicken

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May 2, 2011
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I am hoping that I can try to talk to them again, the woman seems to be very reasonable about the whole stituation, it is the man that gives me the problems…she is in politics maybe that is why she is “nice” We have decieded just to get a better fence for the time being. Hopefully it will work. My hen that was injured is doing good, but I think she is still so freaked out by the whole thing that she wont lay. Maybe I am expecting too much out of her.

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