....many things. For instance they are not intuitive to danger. They are not picky eaters and will eat anything put in front of them. They are not smart on many different levels, at least to the human eye. They apparently have the memory of goldfish, and forget that the big black 160 lb harry thing in the yard is NOT a soft rug wherein they can rest their little heads.
Our chickens have been completely free range on our acre lot for about a month now. Sharing this land with two large dogs. I was sceptical at first that this was a good idea. I realized that Maverick is a herd/bird dog. He is quite conflicted as to his role with the chickens he herds them until he is exhausted. Sometimes getting a little to bird dogish and nipping at their tail feathers, but never actually crossing the line.
Franklin our 160lb Mastiff I figured was only a threat if he could actually catch one. He is mostly blind, a little deaf and so big that he's rather slow. So what are the odds. I mean really, its been a month and no fatalities as of yet.
The chickens though have decided that they love to eat the dog food and they have become rather used to mavericks antics. They would walk in the house behind you if you let them. Goofy chickens. So today their comfort and trust (haha) caust one of them the ultimate price.
Franky must have gotten a lucky sniff as a chicken probably walked up to him to say hello, and well the rest is not so pretty. I would have put her on the table for dinner but, well lets just say she had already been brunch. Sigh
So our first adult chicken fatality.