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would you kill a chicken killing dog?

post #1 of 62
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If a neighbor's dog had killed some of your chickens and you saw it come around again after you'd talked to them about it, would you shoot the dog?
post #2 of 62
I would call animal control, and/or better secure my birds first, personally.
post #3 of 62
I'd also secure the chickens and call animal control first. But if it still kept coming on my property, yes.
post #4 of 62
Absolutely. SSS (shoot, shovel, shut-up)
post #5 of 62
Um, no

My German Shepherd would kill my chickens if I didn't have them locked up properly. So, I have them very secure, and I've had no problems.

My neighbors dogs come on our property and they too are Shepherds and have killed their chickens. With proper safety measures your chickens don't need to be in danger, and you shouldn't be punishing the dog for doing something that comes naturally.

I would call animal control if anything, but shooting a dog seems kind of like over-doing it
post #6 of 62
Have you tired using your hose?

The only way i would ever kill a dog is ifi was in immediate personal danger, or it was suffering.

I would however ask my neighbors to pay for the chickens, and tell them if the dog was back on my poperty that i would be keeping it and calling the shelter.
post #7 of 62
Yes. Every time. I shoot my dogs when they murder my birds, and I likewise have and will continue to shoot trespass dogs.
post #8 of 62
If it was a place like my hometown where there are no shelters or animal control then yes it'd be like any other animal that came on & destroyed my animals/property. I'd try talking to the neighbors first & most likely shooting the gun into the air, not all dogs like guns & it may be enough to scare it off.
post #9 of 62
Man, I guess I live on another planet or something but this seems really wrong to me! Dogs don't have instincts do be gentle and kind with birds, they want to chase them, and get them.

What about training, or discipline? Not killing!
post #10 of 62
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Originally Posted by mommariffic View Post
Man, I guess I live on another planet or something but this seems really wrong to me! Dogs don't have instincts do be gentle and kind with birds, they want to chase them, and get them.

What about training, or discipline? Not killing!
How do you train someone else's dog? It sounds like the op has contacted the dog's owners and its not helping.

I grew up on a large ranch. We did have several stray dogs or neighbor dogs that would chase our cows. Its nearly impossible to get them to stop once they've started and the owners never seemed to try very hard to get them to quit. So we did have to kill a few dogs. Right now we have 2 neighbor dogs that insist on coming to my house to torment my dog and my cows. I can't really secure my cows any more than they already are and the owners have no interest in doing anything about it.
post #11 of 62
In our state the law is: if the dog is killing your livestock or poultry, you may kill it. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/s...6_89.htm#s6552 And that's exactly what I'd do. Once a dog realizes what it can do, there's no stopping it. I would, however, for the sake of the dogs owners offer ONE second chance: keep your dogs off my property and away from my chickens or they WILL be shot. End of story. Also, in this state you are entitled to compensation for the lost animals. File a police report the next time, and try to get compensated.

It sounds like your state has similar laws for compensation, but different regarding your rights to kill the dog. Apparently you need to report it, and it needs to go before a judge it looks like. Here's the link: http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusncst67_4.htm#s1 Look under "§ 67-1. Liability for injury to livestock or fowls" and "§ 67-3. Sheep-killing dogs to be killed"
post #12 of 62
A dog that wants to kill a chicken will do darn near anything to kill the chicken.
You can tell the owners... but in the end if the dog comes back twice it will never stop...
If the dog were dead I bet it will not come back and kill any more chickens.

this goes for any livestock.... chickens being the easiest animals to protect as they can be cooped up... dogs that chase lambs or foals or calves...will chase them till they pass out and then the dogs use them as ragdolls...I am sorry.. but the only thing I know that will break the habit is moving or shooting the dog.
Tricia
post #13 of 62
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Originally Posted by MovingMomma View Post
If a neighbor's dog had killed some of your chickens and you saw it come around again after you'd talked to them about it, would you shoot the dog?
Of course not!
post #14 of 62
If your entire livelihood and the ability to feed your family depended on something not killing your livestock, you would shoot a dog. If you haven't been in that situation, its very easy to say you would never do it.

Chickens, cows, sheep, goats are very vulnerable. They can't escape a dog that's determined to chase or kill them. Have you ever seen a goat that's been mauled by 2 pit bulls? We didn't bother trying to deal with the owners over that, my dh shot and killed both dogs.
post #15 of 62
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Originally Posted by Triciabn View Post
A dog that wants to kill a chicken will do darn near anything to kill the chicken.
Every chicken killing dog I've ever known has been remarkably deterred by a well-secured, well-enclosed chicken coop. Willing to do anything in the name of the hunt does not necessarily also mean able to do anything.
post #16 of 62
after I tell the neighbors and they refuse to keep their dog locked up. I might actually consider it, although we have no guns in our house.

possibly a bow and arrow...


If a dog will kill ANYTHING I would be worried about it in general. what if it bit your child? Or an elderly person? Or YOU...? eff that!
post #17 of 62
For example:

My birds (and goats) free range and stay WELL within the boundaries of my land.
And my dogs stay in their huge pen and KNOW they're not supposed to kill birds (or goats).
If they choose to escape and kill, they pay the ultimate price.

My family relies on the food we grow to live healthily.

When my neighbors dogs come from 1/2 to 1 1/2 miles away (or more)
and kill my birds (or goats), they pay the ultimate price.

A dogs freedom does not outweigh my family's health and survival.
Period.
post #18 of 62
Without blinking. They can just as easily contain their dog as I can my chickens. And since its my property and I had warned them (that I would shoot their dog if it killed another chicken). I would probably buy a pellet gun first and try that. That would be myform of "disciplining another's dog".
post #19 of 62
I disagree.

My dog would kill our chickens given the chance. Hell, he would love nothing more than getting his hands on them! BUT! I have them enclosed, and he can't get to them, and that's fine.

I would complain, call animal control, do whatever else, but I would NEVER shoot someones PET for doing something that comes naturally to them. Dogs aren't meant to be BFF"s with chickens, especially certain breeds.
post #20 of 62
Well, I guess its okay that people approach the situation from different directions, eh? But now I'm interested.

Mommariffic, you say you would never kill someone's pet for killing birds.
What if the pet were attacking your child? Or what if it were a stray
or wild animal?
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