20 chickens killed at Walkervale
A WALKERVALE man was devastated to find more than 20 chickens and ducks dead in his back yard, leaving him with just one chicken.
Greg Lassig, of May Street, believes dogs are to blame for the Sunday night slaughter, but that people were also possibly involved.
“They were not even three months old and just starting to lay,” Mr Lassig lamented.
The pensioner paid $15.50 for each of the chickens, leaving him out of pocket just over $300.
Ms Lassig said he had planned to use the eggs for himself as well as give them to family and friends if he had any excess.
He said looking at the damage caused, he believed the chickens to have been killed by a combination of dogs and human intervention.
“Three chooks were laying on the ground,” he said.
“Their necks were stretched but there was not a mark on them.”
Three of the chickens were outside of the pen, while the rest had been slaughtered inside the chicken coop.
Mr Lassig said he found his one remaining chicken sitting in the nesting boxes, visibly shaken and upset.
“They were so quiet. I don’t understand why anyone would do this,” he said.
Mr Lassig said he was unsure what time his chickens were attacked but a neighbour told him they heard dogs barking just after midnight on Monday, but did not think it was anything out of the ordinary.
He said he had disposed of the chickens’ bodies after he had found them and had contacted the council, who were looking into the matter.
The rest of Mr Lassig’s yard, including his bee hives, remained untouched.
Bundaberg Regional Council health and regulatory services manager John Duffield said the council was investigating the incident as it did with all suspected dog attacks.
Mr Duffield said the investigation was only in the early stages, but there were a number of steps chicken owners could take to help prevent dog attacks.
“Make your enclosure dog-proof and your yard fenced, so stray animals can’t get in,” he said.
“And we reiterate that all dog owners must look after their pets responsibly and don’t let them run free.”
The attack comes less than a week after 10 ducks were killed at Alexandra Park Zoo by dogs who had escaped their owner’s yard.