Saturday, 6 September 2008

slaughter


Well.

I went out to shut the chickens up as it was getting dark, and we've had what I can only assume is another visitation from Mrs We Must Have Drinks' dog.

We have:

1x dead growing-for-slaughter cockerel
1x dead pekin hen
1x dead show quality barnevelder hen (that wasn't dead when we found her but that we had to finish off)
2x missing youngsters that may or may not turn up in the morning.

The dog must have come through from their field to our garden, chased the barnvelder all the way down the garden and round the house and mauled it; and then got distracted and killed the pekin and the grower IN OUR FRONT GARDEN.

B rang Mrs WMHD who said ... "Well, it's a dog. Dogs chase chickens."

We are both pretty angry.

Apparently they were out all afternoon and the dog must have jumped out of it's pen. Which is what happened earlier in the week when she phoned up to tell us that that it had arrived home and presented her with a dead chicken. I was relatively gracious that time, as a) she offered to pay straight away and b) sometimes the youngsters do go in to their field, so it might be that it was off our property. And she sounded like she was going to address the issue.

This time, less so.

B pointed out that actually, one was within ones rights to shoot dogs that worry livestock and she needed to take some measures and come back and tell him what they were going to be. Hopefully that will include offering to pay. I reckon £12 for the grower, £25 for the pekin and at least £35 for the barnevelder. The hens were both good quality and proven fertile.

I've had a good cry. Going to bed now. We have clean sheets! Not that the sheets were rancid ... but there seems to be a regular amount of rusk being smeared over them by a person who is not either B or me.

For today, that really is all.



11 comments:

  1. Sorry, should have said - Old House. NOT New House, thankfully.

    I am still tanting!

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  2. Sorry, should have said - Old House. NOT New House, thankfully.

    I am still tanting!

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  3. Stupid cow. Cars kill dogs, run hers over!

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  4. Our neighbour's dog kept getting through their rotten fence into our garden, and then getting stuck because it couldn't work out how to get back again. After the fourth or fifth time of having them knock on the door ("can we have our dog back has a certain ring to it") I got quite stroppy - we keep rabbits and I didn't want to risk it attacking our animals. Eventually they had a new fence put up, but I was checking out all the legal niceties of 'keeping dogs under control' in the meantime.

    You could introduce it to a farmer's field. I'm sure he'd have no trouble shooting it for worrying his livestock.

    GoodTwin

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  5. Our neighbour's dog kept getting through their rotten fence into our garden, and then getting stuck because it couldn't work out how to get back again. After the fourth or fifth time of having them knock on the door ("can we have our dog back has a certain ring to it") I got quite stroppy - we keep rabbits and I didn't want to risk it attacking our animals. Eventually they had a new fence put up, but I was checking out all the legal niceties of 'keeping dogs under control' in the meantime.

    You could introduce it to a farmer's field. I'm sure he'd have no trouble shooting it for worrying his livestock.

    GoodTwin

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  6. The 'private estate' we live on also has tenant farmers. We are acutely aware that if our bouncy, shit for brains, lab worries their sheep, she will be shot.
    It's their living, after all. As your chickens are/were.
    Oh gawd, you could Just Do Without This, couldn't you?!
    Rest. love, Karen x

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  7. The 'private estate' we live on also has tenant farmers. We are acutely aware that if our bouncy, shit for brains, lab worries their sheep, she will be shot.
    It's their living, after all. As your chickens are/were.
    Oh gawd, you could Just Do Without This, couldn't you?!
    Rest. love, Karen x

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  8. What a troll. Sympathy, and vengeance spells coming your way. :)

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  9. I don't advocate shooting dogs obviously, but a 4-1 ratio of who's left alive at the end of the day might convince me otherwise!! ;-)
    (Perhaps you ought to aim at the owner..)

    Aw, how sad!! Poor chickens..

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  10. I don't advocate shooting dogs obviously, but a 4-1 ratio of who's left alive at the end of the day might convince me otherwise!! ;-)
    (Perhaps you ought to aim at the owner..)

    Aw, how sad!! Poor chickens..

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