And then there were 4....

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If you have been following along for any amount of time- you know we have a little farm with a garden, some chickens, and ducks.

We have been having an issue with some of the chickens jumping out of the run and into our yard. We let them free range for most of the day, but the mornings- we reserve for our dogs to go outside, get some energy out, go potty- all those things. We have a 1/2 Huskey, so she does better in the morning before the day gets too warm.

Anywho..

We have some defiant chickens who will hop onto the fence of the run, and sometimes hop into our yard. Then I have to wrangle them into the run before I can let the dogs out.

It's a daily annoyance. .

Last week- all the chickens were safe in the run, so the dogs were out doing their morning business. I was about to bring them inside when I noticed 2 chickens walking along the fence. About this time- our dog saw too. She has run up to the fence before, and they usually just jump back into the run and go into their coop when she comes so I didn't think much of this.

I was playing with my son when I saw my other dog dart across the patio... I looked out the window and they were chasing a chicken!!!! 😰

I ran outside so fast! Door left open, no shoes, just took OFF!

I got to my dog JUST as she grabbed the chicken. I was SECONDS late. 😩 I pulled her inside and by this time, my son was on the patio asking about the chicken.. He kept asking- "mama.. chicken sad?" 😪

I wasn't sure how bad our girl was hurt so I got my son all set watching some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, called my husband, grabbed some gloves, and went to check on the chicken.. She was gone 😭

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May was the sweetest chicken we had. She was smaller than the others and would run up to you and let you pick her up.. She will be missed on our little farm.

Hopefully the others learn from her fate and stop playing chicken (no pun intended) while our dogs are outside!🤦‍♀

Until next time..

-- Katie

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It is always sad when you lose a member of a small homestead.
It is, unfortunately, part of farm life.

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Yeah- just didnt think it would be this soon :/

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Ah poor thing :(
I would have done the same and ran out without hesitation.. very sad that you were too late but unfortunately, part of life.
I hope your son is not too sad!

Take care <3

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I am pretty sure he has already forgotten lol

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Sorry you lost your chicken, there are days like these in the farm, it is up to the farmer to learn from the experience and positively move on. Have a great new week.

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It is sad my friend, but you have a problem, chickens are escape artist and really believe the grass is greener on the otherside !LOL

Unless you completely secure an area for them this will continue to happen they will not learn by another chickens behaviour.

Your choices literally are secure the birds or train the dogs.

Have a successful week ahead sorry for your loss. 😎

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They are 🙄 And they are not the wisest animal. LOL we are working on different options. Fully enclosing the area is not one of them at this time..

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Sry for your loss Katie.As your father has said it's all part of farm life .Chickens and dogs don't mix.Keep the rest safe and the ducks as well.

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Luckily, the ducks cannot fly! So they are safe!

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Awww! Sorry to hear that, @katiebeth! It's always heartbreaking to lose a pet.
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It was sad. But we have learned and moved on..

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Life is full of lessons. That's the best thing to do. Learn and do better going forward.
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So sorry for your loss. I have had similar problems in the past. Thanks for sharing.

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How sad to lose one of the hens. A while ago something similar happened to me. A chicken escaped and I took it out of the dog's mouth. She was injured, but narrowly escaped death. We were afraid for months that the dog would get in or the chickens would escape. And one day what we had feared so much happened, but it was not as we had imagined. The hens were out of the coop and the dog did absolutely nothing to them. Over time the dog had learned on her own that the chickens were part of the house and that she didn't have to hurt them. !LUV

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Oh no, Katie. I'm so sorry.
Dogs will naturally want to grab birds.
It's in their DNA.
I'm so sorry you lost your sweet little girl.
You take it easy.
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I know.. shes a hunter at heart lol so we just have to be more careful

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