I was going to title this post Massacre or Tragedy but those seem over the top and Sad and Angry really is what I am feeling. I looked out the window this morning and saw weird things in the yard, at first I thought it was the wood shavings we use for bedding but they didn’t look right. Finally my brain figured it out…
Feathers, lots and lots of feathers. I ran outside and found different piles of feathers.
What I first noticed from the kitchen window.
This hen laid an egg while being attacked!
Then on the far side of the coop I found Peaches.
At the same time I found Peaches I also heard noises in the woods and saw the culprits.
The neighbors dogs aka Chicken Killers.
The house on the East side of us is empty most of the time, seems like the owner and his friends only show up on weekends or so. They just leave the dogs with food, no attention whatsoever. We feel really sorry for the dogs, or at least I did until they killed my chickens!
I tried to get the dogs out of our yard but they wouldn’t listen to me at all and they knocked Xander over (not being aggressive just super in your face friendly) and I just freaked out. Called Ryan pretty hysterical, he was on his way to a meeting (pulled over before answering the phone) and came home instead. He was able to hook a leash around the one dog and the other one followed. Then he walked the fence line and found where they had dug under and he filled it in and put rocks there. He buried Peaches and then had to get changed and go to another meeting.
While Ryan was dealing with the dogs and fence and burial, Xander and I were walking around looking for chickens– alive or dead. We found Patty!
Patty the leader of our coop!
I was able to catch Patty and later Ren and put them in the coop. No signs of any other chickens or corpses. Patty is walking around the chicken yard calling out mournful cries, it’s horrible! We’re hoping some of the other chickens are still alive and just hiding but obviously some of them must be dead (from the amount of feathers) and either eaten or dragged into the neighbors property.
I’m keeping our dogs on leash for the next few days. Don’t want them finding injured or dead chickens and getting bad ideas! This day SUCKS!