July 2005


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Serena Lanza <[log in to unmask]>
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Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 22 Jul 2005 09:05:19 -0400
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Hi All,

We came home last night to find most of our poultry slaughtered. Those
that were not dead when we found them were so chewed up, we had to
dispatch them as well. This morning, I found our 35lb Tom turkey who also
needed to be dispatched. This turkey would talk to you and follow you
around like a puppy, he will be sorely missed as he had such a wonderful
personality. Putting him out of his misery was one of the hardest things
we've had to do. They have been building a bunch of new houses near us and
the coyotes have come out in droves. My Lassie Boy was on patrol all day
yesterday chasing them off. We had to put him up though when we went out
last night (family thing, no way to get out of it). We did leave the dog
out overnight once we arrived home. I'm just heartbroken about this. Most
of these birds were raised from either day olds or hatched on our
property. All I've got left now is a handful of ducks, a couple of guinea
hens, three geese and some chickens. I used to have a barnyard of at least
75 birds.

A strange thing we found though was a young rooster, in the barn, without
a mark on him but a broken neck. I have no idea how the coyote could have
gotten to him, he'd have had to jump through the top of a double Dutch
door, through an occupied horse stall and then over the stall door into
the barn. I'm thinking it wasn't a coyote that killed this young roo, but
I have no idea what could have. Any thoughts?

The dogs will be out of patrol now 24/7 while someone is home. I'm not
comfortable leaving them loose unattended. While I know they'd stick
around for the most part (they've never run off) I'm afraid of the cars if
one takes to chasing off a coyote. I think I'd rather loose a 5 dollar hen
than one of my beloved farmcollies. What do you guys think? I'm keeping
the remaining birds penned in their nighttime enclosures for the day until
I can get a grip on the situation.

M. Serena Lanza
Sr. Payroll Specialist
New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
Lawrence, MA