This is a repost from our family blog www.BlushFamilyFarm.com
“Last week one of our chickens got attacked by the dog across the street. In a barefoot and pregnant rage I chased the dog down and despite falling down in the middle of the street and skinning both of my knees and top of my foot, he let go of the bird and ran away. I banged on the neighbors doors throwing an absolutely fit and have not seen the dog running loose since. We have a language barrier and have talked to them about their dogs multiple times, this time it stuck. I was screaming and crying and VERY upset. Thankfully the bird (named Fire Eyes) survived with a limp, missing feathers and a flesh wound on her back. She is currently recuperating on our back garden porch away from the other birds so she does not get “picked” on.”
This is an example of one of the many hard lessons learned in chicken ownership. With free range birds you must be prepared to protect them from predators such as neighbors dogs. I knew she was in the front yard, but did not force her to go back to our backyard. This resulted in her being attacked by a dog I knew had been loose several times in recent weeks. In the future I will be much more vigilant.