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post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by cbissette View Post
 

Not really small, but my two pits are great guard dogs.  They let the chickens basically climb all over them and eat out of their food bowls.


thats creates an amusing image in my mind. They are great looking dogs and its a shame they get such a bum wrap due to idiotic and irresponsible breeders.

 

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post #12 of 19
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about the pits ghave u ever had a bad encounter with them on other dogs and ik u said they climb all over hem i had 3 goats that i raised and i freeranged my chicks with them and the goats were like horses to them

post #13 of 19


I would be very reluctant to bring other dogs around them.  My male is very alpha and would want to establish dominance over another dog.  They don't seem to have the same reaction to the chickens. 

post #14 of 19
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and i want a dog that can stay in the coop about 80 percent of the time

post #15 of 19
Well now you are talking livestock guarding dogs, I believe all of those are large, I wouldn't leave other breeds in the coop, though I don't think I would keep the livestock dog in the coop either, it would patrol the area, and have it's own home.

Probably cheaper to have a secure coop and run.
Edited by oldhenlikesdogs - 11/13/15 at 8:25am
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #16 of 19
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ok so near the run then and what breed i want something thats gonna kill a predator but not my chickens even kill the woodys
post #17 of 19
You'll need to do a search, livestock dogs are big and hairy, most were bred to mimic the look of sheep. You need to do some research, breeds like great Pyrenees, and Anatolian are two.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #18 of 19
I use dogs to protect chickens and have good familiarity with the larger livestock guarding breeds. Breed with respect to chickens is not all that important as training not covered by breeding of LGD's is required by all. Dogs are expensive especially when compared to other measures used for smaller flocks. If dog(s) to be used then at first also use a fence to keep them separate from birds. As dog(s) settles in and becomes safe around chickens you can have closer interactions between species. Until then use the fence and dogs in concert to protect birds.

Once a fence is part of the equation the need for a larger dog is largerly overcome. Then shepherds with a capacity for guarding become a good option. I am starting to like a current English Shepherd as does very much like a larger LGD but has some additional capacity for other uses. Such are also very cold tolerant.

Be prepared to invest 2 years before dog gets into good form and may take more time before full potential is realized. All dogs I have worked with require at least two years to mature mentally.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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post #19 of 19
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currently the hens are in a run and what do u think of the great pyreenees

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