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    Well, its happened. I arrived home this morning from doing some banking etc and found all my chickens, all seven of them, dead in their pen.
    I have little doubt that the culprit was Serena as she has tried to get into the pen in the past.

    The enclosure is made of chicken wire attached to star pickets. Serena found a week spot and managed to create a hole big enough for her to squeeze through.

    Must have been a terrifying end to their lives and I am saddened as I raised all my chickens as one day olds. Also, no more eggs for the time being at least. It disheartening that I have to start all over again if I chose to re-stock.

    I have a feeling that now she has succeeded in sating her natural instincts that she would not hesitate to do so again some time in the future. My plan is to fortify the existing coop structure and close off any potential weak spots and then re-stock over spring.

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    Oh no Thats horrible Adrian! I guess dogs will be dogs though, its just their instincts. One of my chickens was attacked by a dog not long ago, she survived though.

    I would suggest you bury the wire when you redo the chicken yard, so that no dogs can dig in.

    Dodge spends hours on end watching my 8 week old chicks, I doubt she'd find a way in the yard though.

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    Maybe electric hot wires would deter the dog? A sad end for the poor chookies

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    So sorry this happened. Happened to me over 20 years ago too, not to mention breaking into and obliterating a landlord's daughter's budgie aviary. (2 houses close together on 1 farm when we were renting)

    Needless to say there were no chooks after that and actually still aren't...probably now as my MIL supplies us with eggs.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Probably want to upgrade from chicken wire to weld mesh too...

    once a chicken killer.... really hard to explain to a dog that it's not ok. Especially a terrier.

    Every time people ask me if my dog is part staffy - I say - I don't think so because she won't kill (living) things.

    Quite happy to gut a stuffed toy tho.

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    The thing is that Serena is the most placid staffy I have ever owned or met. But I guess the wolf inside got the better of her. I have some pretty good ideas on how to re-secure the coop and I have some time to set it all up for when chickens are available come spring. Here's hoping it doesn't happen again. I have yet to tell the kids and they haven't noticed as yet. I am sure it won't be long before my 5yr old notices and asks me what happened to them.

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    Placid staffy - doesn't guarantee placid with other critters unfortunately.

    I think you have to somehow make sure they understand that the strange critters are part of the pack.

    My dog was most offended when I explained to her that she was not allowed to chase the poddy lamb (now a gigantic sheep). And it sniffed us both all over while I held her so she couldn't do anything about it...

    I think that's what you'd have to do is introduce dog and chooks over and over in a controlled way until the dog stays placid around chooks - and even then - still wouldn't trust the dog... chooks can be rude.

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    I agree. When I got Serena she was great with the chooks and I had them free ranging every day in the afternoons and she didn't raise an eyelid. But something changed in the last few weeks and I am willing to bet that the arrival of big Bruno had something to do with it.

    Looks like Serena hid a wing for later and I found her gnawing on it a half hour ago. Lucky the kids were asleep and not outside playing. Luckily I found some chicken feet and a head i missed in the clean up.

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    At some point children need to be aware that their roast chicken was walking around (hopefully) and clucking at some point, and their bacon used to be "babe". Either that or be vegan...

    I suspect death by Staffy would have been a quick grab and spine busting shake - ie each chicken would have been dispatched quickly once caught. Not like what cats do.

    And yes - two dogs can kill where one dog could or would not. Like the neighbour's cat that went missing when my house mate's dog had a visiting dog friend. Or the possum that used to tease my mum's kelpie x - that disappeared when my brother's terrier x farm dog bitsa came to visit... Of course it's hard when it's the family pet that cops it.

    I'm not sure why we imagine death by wild animal as worse than death by car accident (where it's not instant). Maybe because we've been frightened evolution wise by wild animals for a bit longer than out of control cars.

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    We have a lake with wildlife on it all year around.
    The regulars: ducks/geese, no longer swim away, when the dogs enter the water. The birds trust them, who am i to say not to. But i dont!

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