my dog ate a chicken... a live one!!!

@jamuls (530)
Philippines
August 26, 2010 2:55pm CST
i was out the whole afternoon and came home around 8pm, dinner time for my dummies. while i was giving them their food, i noticed some feathers inside one of the cages that belongs to my biggest dog, a Labrador/Shepherd mix. all i said was "oh sh*t!!" then i noticed blood on the floor. yup... this dummy got himself a chicken. is this bad? is this normal? tomorrow's going to be pretty darn exciting... i wonder what i'd do if the owner comes looking for it here. :(
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
26 Aug 10
Wow, I don't know what to say, other than, at least I know Ciara can't do something like that since there are no chickens here, but it would be something she'd do if there were.. I would be concerned and watch your dog for problems from eating this chicken. As for the chickens owner, if it was me, I'd would go and tell them what happened, apologize and offer to replace the bird..
@jamuls (530)
• Philippines
29 Aug 10
i was worried about his tummy... started a discussion about chicken bones and it frightened me but so far, he's doing ok. poops regularly and it stinked a little different the next day. no signs of tummy aches...
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• United States
29 Aug 10
I think by now he is fine, but you need to take some kind of precautions in the future.
@jamuls (530)
• Philippines
30 Aug 10
will do... but those damn chickens won't stop coming over. i can't lock them up in their cages... that's why i made a sling shot for them chicken. bwahahaha! now i need to save some extra cash for my victims. kidding... :)
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@elleb0418 (1107)
• Philippines
26 Aug 10
My dogs hate other animals,specially cats and chickens.If a stray cat enter our backyard it will not go out alive if my dogs catch them.So it's normal for a dog because they have also a nature of a predator.One time also my neighbors chicken enter our backyard they kill it also.
@jamuls (530)
• Philippines
29 Aug 10
wow! you've got some very territorial bunch there. :) so i guess that incident was just normal... i knew i shouldn't believe everything i see on TV. lol!
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
26 Aug 10
Very few dog breeds don't hunt, for food at least. Dogs came from the wild and domesticated themselves. It's the only animal that has domesticated itself by choice. They figured out man would be a great asset to the pack by "hunting" better than they do! And a dog does not have to be hungry to take the opportunity to eat! Some really enjoy the hunt. They will eat, hungry or not because their instinct tells them to take what they can get when they can get it. Once man has become part of "the pack" he is usually considered alpha, or number one. Never bite him because he can supply most, or all of the food! Thus, the old adage "don't bite the hand that feeds you". What would amaze me is if the dog killed the chicken and presented it to you by laying it at your feet! That is when, in the dog world you would be paid the highest respect a dog can bestow on you! Very, very rarely chicken bones can be a digestion problem. But you would probably know by now if it was. Pay the guy for his chicken. Keep your dog well restrained. If its happened once, you have a hunter on your hands!
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@jamuls (530)
• Philippines
29 Aug 10
come to think of it, i did notice some dark stains on the floor of his cage before. i usually leave the cage's door open but i didn't mind it then... what really shocked me were the feathers and blood. that was a fresh kill... i told my mom about this and she said he did it twice already when i was still working in a different city. tsk... honestly speaking, i'm proud of this big boy. :) thanks!
@petersum (4526)
• United States
26 Aug 10
Every once in a while, your lovable mutt shows the wild animal inside him. I had a shepherd that had a passion for cats. I saw it kill a cat and eat the whole carcass one day. Gruesome! After that, I noticed several occasions where he wouldn't eat for the whole day. A local cat went missing!
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@jamuls (530)
• Philippines
29 Aug 10
whoa! cats! now that's something i have to see for myself. i'm not a cat person, i actually hate them. sorry. so... your your shepherd was a cat burglar! lol! corny... pffft! thanks, Pete!
@med889 (5958)
27 Aug 10
Oh this is really too bad but to be frank then I must admit that even my dog ate a live chicken but the only difference is that we owned the hen and we did not had to give explanation to others too, it is normal for such a behavior from dogs, so I think you must explain to them very well.
@cheribam (448)
• United States
27 Aug 10
Whoa! That's the first time I've ever heard that a dog ate a live chicken. You should keep your dog away from chickens because I think it's bad and if the dog thinks it is okay to do that, he'll do it more often. You can tell the owners what happened and just pay for the poor chicken.
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• Spain
26 Aug 10
that is really an indication that your dog need his food served on time. about your neighbor who owns that chicken that your dog caught and devour it, just ask how much then pay it.. although it is not all your fault as the chicken bantered and baited itself...
@jamuls (530)
• Philippines
29 Aug 10
i always leave a bowl of dog food inside their cages whenever i go out so i guess the dummy wanted something different... something exotic. lol!
• United States
26 Aug 10
That must have been a sight! Animals tend to do weird things like that. My cat usually catches two birds a week, but your dog went the whole 100 yards! It's okay, I would just hide all of the evidence. And if the owner does come by, you can tell him the truth if you want. But if you do, say the chicken was attacking your dog or something, so it's seems like it's the owners fault.
@jamuls (530)
• Philippines
29 Aug 10
hahaha! nice tip! and i would do that too! lol! gave 2 days for someone to come over and look for a missing chicken but none, i guess we're safe. :)
• Canada
28 Aug 10
Why do you call your dogs/ pets dummies. Lab. hunting dog/ shepard a herding dog. Why did they eat a chicken that went in their pen, HUMMM. Territorial, or just defending. The same all to them. A chicken is a prime meat source to any dog, in their pen a lil hungry the main course. If they where loose and did this a different story, u could be charged with a live stock offence. Just tell the owner what happen, offer to pay or replace, end of problem. Don't tell and they find out a different story, they may not believe u.. REMEMBER ALWAYS LUV/ TRAIN/ CARE FOR YOUR DOG/ PET, THEY WILL ALWAYS LUV U..
@cream97 (29168)
• United States
28 Aug 10
Hi, jamuls. Oh my goodness! I hope that your dog will be okay. I think that this is bad and I hope that your dog will not be sick from eating this chicken.
• Canada
28 Aug 10
I don't know why u call your pet a dummy. Dogs do this naturally, fend for themselves. Birds of a feather usually flock together. When they go in cages of dogs n cats, beware open season. They usually loose their heads and turn up just feathers. If the owner doesn't show up, go see him and tell him what happened, it was your dog's pen. Offer to pay for it..
@dav20b (508)
• United States
27 Aug 10
I think it is normal for some dogs to do stuff like that since they are related to wolfs and some like to hunt.I think the owner of the chicken is not going to be happy but he/she should have also kept the chickens in a cage or pen to keep out wild animals from eating em.
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
I think it's not a normal reaction unless your dog is really starved. Because if he's just angry with the sight of the chicken in your backyard, he will just bite it or wounded it but not devour and finished it up like that. I think you must give him enough food and attention.
• United States
27 Aug 10
Normal - yes; wrong - yes. I would let the owner, if you know who it is, know that the dog ate his chicken and offer to pay for it. Labradors are hunters; shepherds herd and both love chicken! Our bird dog got into the hen house when we lived on a farm and killed 23 chickens while we were at church. Since it was our chickens, Dad had us clean up the mess after he let his dog know in no uncertain tones that he was not pleased.
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
27 Aug 10
It is dog's predator nature that made him hunt the hen. I think what your dog did it's quite normal. But it isn't an event you want to be repeted. So maybe you should check the fence to find if there are holes in it. Your dog shouldn't leave his yard if he's such a hunter. If the chicken flew away over the fence and entered your property, it's not your fault that your dog ate it. The chicken's owner should also keep his chickens at home. If I were you, I'd go tell the chicken owner what happened, so that you both find a way to prevent another accidents.
• United States
27 Aug 10
I don't know but you may have a hunting dog on your hands. I would have freeked out. I would also call a vet.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
26 Aug 10
Dogs are predators. It's just part of their nature. Eventually something will cause their prey drive to kick in & it's lunchtime.