Well folks….it’s been a rough couple of weeks for my chickens.
First we had the hawk incident. You can read all about that one here…. Air Predator Attack!
Then we found out that the poultry netting just didn’t have enough umph in the electric…
Here is what went down….
We went to my son’s Upward basketball game. We were coming home and as I got ready to pull in the driveway I saw the strangest sight…my two small dogs (one full bred dachshund “Huckleberry” and the other is a dachshund/jack russell mix “Lexy”) dragging one of my chickens ACROSS THE ROAD! Seriously for a second I was thinking..so THAT’S how a chicken crosses the road! 🙂 Anywho…apparently they slipped right under the fencing and grabbed her. Luckily we came home when we did or else she would have been a goner!! She is now in the “chicken hospital” recovering. Crisis averted!
Oh! Yeah, the two crazy dogs had gotten out of their own perfectly good fenced in backyard to go after my chickens! We walked around and tried to fix any gaps that they might have been able to squeeze out of but…..
The very next day….came home from work, fixing to pull in the driveway and…….there is Lexy running around IN my chicken run! She had already done the damage she was going to do and was wanting out. Grrr!!! She killed one and hurt two others. Luckily one was just stunned so she was able to stay with the flock but one had to go to the “chicken hospital” with the hurt chicken from the day before! I swear that dog is a Houdini dog! She will get out of any fence you throw at her!
Needless to say the dog fence now has a hot strand of electric wire around the bottom of it and so far so good! All the dogs have been zapped a few times and they stay away from the fence! 🙂
We decided that the solar charger we had gotten for the electric netting was just not big enough to give it enough juice so we bought an AC/DC charger and put a better ground rod in. Now it has enough juice running through it as my hubby found out when he was putting it all in. Hahaha!!
So hopefully now the dogs and chickens will stay separated for good!
Anyone else have trouble keeping your dogs away from your farm animals???