Well I am down to two hens again and still not sure about a ewe. About 9:30 this morning as I was getting the finishing touches on the set up for shearing day when two dogs came from out of nowhere and started chasing the sheep and bit one on the leg then discovered there were also chickens running around so started tearing them apart when they could get one cornered.
I lost the first hen when she got stuck in a hay bale and I lost the second hen when she was trying to get through my fence.
Luckily the old black hen was in the coop laying an egg, the rooster was no where to be found and the last red hen was also absent. It took myself and the shearer (and his wife) the better part of two hours to get the sheep calmed down so we could shear. I could not find any actual puncture marks or blood on the ewe so I am assuming she is fine at this point.
The two dogs were the largest German Shepard I have ever seen and a pretty small Husky. Both dogs have recently had pictures posted to the local web groups as being seen wandering around the nearest small town alone but both dogs had collars and tags on them. I had the Husky cornered in the barn with the second chicken carcass when she growled and lunged at me. I assume to keep her food. BY the time I went and armed myself both dogs were running across my East Pasture as fast as they could.
Once we had the sheep back under control and penned up inside the barn I began looking for other casualties. After about two hours they began showing back up and the goats appear to be fine as well. One small cat was the only missing member of the place but we finally found him asleep so we only have the two chicken as casualties. There is a picture below but I would warn you I took it from as far away as I could so if you are squeamish do not click on the pic.
I really was happy at how well these two had adjusted to life out here. One of them was a classic porch chicken too and came running whenever one of us went outside.
the dogs came through the gates between the bars.
30 years and now thanks to all these new immigrants I have to deal with neighbor dogs running loose. I guess free range days are over for our chickens if I ever decide to get more now. Nothing is happier than a free range chicken, except chicken killing dogs I guess and new a$$-holes moving into the country where they don't belong.
Like I said if I was 10 years younger I would already be gone but I guess I am stuck now.
Kee4p Prepping Everyone!!