July 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm #525665
Thanks Ravyk, Miaowzen and BV. :hug: for some really good advice. I agree with what you say Ravyk. I totally know it’s my fault, she has no idea it was wrong. And having pointed out that a bloodhound may need more training than the usual dog is spot on too.
I forgot to mention in the first post that DH has already upped the fence by over a meter between the dogs and chooks last night. It’s going to be PIA to keep her out of that yard. My Lab was trained from a young puppy, and he is not interested in them at all, he follows me everywhere outside.
The staffy we had never touched a chook again, after his first one, so i guess i am considering giving her another chance. I should post a pic of her, so you all can see why she would be hard to get rid of, so cute.
Anyway.. it’s going to take time, i can’t even look at the bloody dog right now no matter how cute i know she is :angry: .July 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm #525666
Dreadful news Vickie. Clipping a wing to ensure they stay separate is definitely the go. I got some bird netting at Dahlsens the other day – I have about 15m left over if you want it to try to increase the boundary height.July 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm #525667
Thanks for the offer Edie.I think i am pretty right. Wings clipped, i always do both sides, is that wrong???, my mum said she used to only do one side :shrug:. Anyway, no way they will get over the fence with the work DH did last night.
I am leaning more toward giving Molly dog a bit more of a chance. I even patted her today 😛 (i called her a bitch a few times while i was doing it) 😛 😛 . And the hugs and kisses my 5 year old ran to give Molly as she got home from school this afternoon.. i think i just have to try to make it work.July 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm #525668
My understanding with the wing clipping is you must only do one side because it causes an imbalance and then they can’t fly in a straight line to where they want to go. With both sides trimmed they can just flap a bit harder to get there.July 19, 2012 at 2:35 am #525669
mmmmmm……..Miaowzen is correct……you should only clip one side ….. 🙁July 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm #525670
Argh! I hate this site sometimes, I just lost a whole post. Grrrr…In a nutshell…
Mia and BW are right, one wing should be clipped but some chooks won’t fly with both clipped.
Vickie I understand how you feel about hating Molly. I hated my dog for awhile after she killed my chickens, I didn’t ‘talk’ to her for at least a week. But please don’t make a decision whilst the emotion is still raw, you might end up regretting getting rid of her and not giving her a second chance.
[btw Bloodhounds were not trained to kill things, they were trained to track quarry and bail it up until the hunters got there.]July 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm #525671
Ravyk, thats pretty much what Molly did,none of them were ‘dead’, she had them all bailed up in the corner, but obviously she played with them, she is after all not trained and 6 months old. She injured them to a point of no return. I didn’t ask DH if she had actually eaten any parts of them becuase I was not ready to know all the gory details yet 🙁 . I am not going to get rid of her. Hopefully with hard rules, and better fence it wont be able to happen again. Long story, but we only just lost our Staffy, he literally vanished while we were on a bush walk 🙁 and my girls (3-5) are still devo about it. Every time either Molly, or my Lab are out of their sight on a walk.. they freak out and think they are lost forever, and miss 5 still wakes up in the night crying for her lost dog. So If Molly were to go, they would suffer all over again, and I would possibly be up for a few therapy bills later in life :laugh:
Right oh, so next wing chop will be one side :blush:July 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm #525672
I had two 150kg bakes of rice hulls delivered (more ‘dumped’ in the driveway where they’ll get wet and I have NO chance of shifting them — thanks from nothing Brown Wigg I take 2 days off work waiting for delivery and it happens bang-on school pick up time) sorry – this post was actually supposed to be about how fabulous the rice hulls are so far.
Don’t think I’ll be going back to wood shavings.
What do you use for bedding? What’s the pros and cons of it?July 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm #525673
What I use for bedding depends on how much the grass is growing! We do have a lot of kikuyu which DH happily mows in the growing season and I rake up – short mowings – when it has thoroughly dried out – so that depends on the current weather of course – and store in a spare weather proof chook pen,being careful to make sure it is really dry and no chance of self combusting and roasting the adjacent chooks!
Sometimes I use barley straw , occasionally fine sugar cane mulch.The dried grass is good for absorbing poo and ease of raking out and spreading on the veg beds.I find the straw tends to stick together in pooey lumps rather than absorb the moisture and it’s difficult to clean out of the pens.The sugar cane mulch is good but extravagant so only an occasional stop gap use.July 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm #525674
i use straw, it does clump and is a PIA to rake, but i think i said earlier i have masonite coming out of my ears so the straw goes on top of the masonite, then I just pick up the whole lot and either slide the used straw on the garden or chuck the whole lot on a bon fire.July 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm #525675
I’m using eucy mulch at the moment. It’s doing brilliantly!! Smells beautiful! :cheer: We rake it over every day and so far so good. It’s cheap, just under $30 a metre I think.
I used straw before, but it had to be mulched before use or it would be too hard to fork over. It would last less than 6 months before needing to be replaced, but it’s great for the garden. I’ll miss that bit.
Oh, Ravyk, are you using Firefox? There’s an addon called Lazarus: Form Recovery. It saves lots of frustration at times like that.July 21, 2012 at 10:57 am #525676
Vickie sorry about your chooks it’s hard to know what to do with pups.
One old farmer told me to hit the dog several times in the face with the
dead chook so the dog would think it was attacked .
I personally don’t think I could do that though.
Due to the size of the property I live on. My dog goes on a chain when ee
are not home. In winter she sits inside the kennel in summer she sits on top of it.
Fortunately she is good with the chickens she eats their food and always saves a
Wee for inside their run. But she won’t chase them. In saying that I do keep an eye on her.
I’ve always used wood shavings in my coop. My dad brought me three massive bags of
shredded paper. After hesitation I used it. Was ok but looked untidy and unnatural.
I placed straw over it yesterday so I will let you know how it goes.
Is $14 right for a bale of straw. I pay $8 for good quality hay for the cows.July 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm #525677
I pay $8 locally for a small square bale of Barley straw. $15 for same size feed quality lucerne.July 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm #525678
I have chicks hatching tonight!! 4 days overdue so I’m very relieved. Can’t wait to see them in the morning.July 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm #525679
Good luck edie
BW this was a standard size bale. Thought it was a bit expensive
Does anyone use legbands all my chickens are black Australorps it’s
hard to tell the difference between them within the same age groups.
Today I gave my two young roos back to the guy I got them off.
I still have to giveaway the rooster with the wonky tail.
My run is now finished with most of the permanent plants in place and
only herbs to add.
I am now also very happy with my flock size and housing.
I’m getting 3 duck eggs most days now and one teeeny tiny chook egg
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