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post #41 of 74

I lost my first 17 chicks to my  German Shepherds, They busted into my brooder in the garage when I went in to get lunch, now the dogs have a 20 x 40 play yard with there house and the chicken house ins on the other side of my shop building.  The replacement chicks have a 20 x 40 run with a 10 by 12 chicken coop inside the run .  I was devastated when the dogs did this.

post #42 of 74

Take a look at my profile picture.  My dog protects my flock.  He's a Bouviers des Fladres and is a very gentle guy.

post #43 of 74

I will say one very pertinent thing.  If a dog....any dog....gets a taste of chicken blood, you probably won't ever be able to break it from killing chickens.

post #44 of 74

Well they won't get another chance at them now, they lost a lot of freedom  in the yard.  They also got paid back a few nights later when a skunk sprayed them.  Now I have to trap the skunk.

post #45 of 74
I have rotties and my rescued - curley haired rottie was great with the chickens and guineas. My other girl is fine UNTIL...THEY RUN!!! Then its a game to catch them and make them stop running.She didn't try to eat them or mulitate them...just one swipe of her paw made them stop running....SO..I keep them seperated. Too much drama for me!
Edited by Noahbird77 - 4/13/16 at 1:53pm
post #46 of 74
I have had good luck teaching my dogs, the neighbors' dogs and visiting dogs not to bother the chickens. First, I hold a bird and then put them down and go see the dog and let them smell my hands. Then I let the dog see the chickens through a fence and talk them out of it if they get excited. It may take several attempts or visits.

I recommend being very careful but if you know your dogs, you'll know when it's safe to let your birds out to free range when the dogs are out.
post #47 of 74

I really think they thought they were toys as they just broke their necks and when no more movement it wasn't fun anymore, they sure knew I was upset with them.

post #48 of 74

I had a beagle/doxie mix and a pom who were always good with any small animals.  Currently I have a 12 year old pitbull and a 19 year old Aussie who have also never chased any small animals.




There is Lump, my grandson, Zander and you can see Zeki the starling on the bed with them as well.   Zeki rides the dog, the turkey tries to, but he's kinda heavy for poor Lump.   He's been bit by ferrets, rode by parrots and he just doesn't mind anyone.    He will chase coons and cats that go into the chicken yard.   If he catches up to them he runs them over, but has never used his mouth.   We had an issue with a rather mean tom cat getting in the yard and actually standing his ground to us humans.  Lump ran at him, with the tom growling...ran him right over and then turned and managed a one more run over before the cat decided he had enough and ran over our fence. A strange rooster hit the yard once and it only took one run over and it was out of the yard fast.    A kitten was in the yard and he just whined till we got it and brought it back to the neighbor.   He will even let our own (or are they his?) chickens steal his food.  He doesn't really like it, but they peck him in the head and he lets them get away with it.  Our bunny considers him her best buddy and does nose kisses and stands on his back to get in a better position to periscope around.


  He seems to hate death though.   Brought him fishing once and when he saw us kill one he spent the rest of the  day with his tail tucked and laying as close to the car as he could while looking sadly at the dead fish.   Tried feeding him the fish and he was not interested at all.  He won't eat anything that remotely still looks like it did when alive.

post #49 of 74

I can tell you that my experience has been largely good with my dog and her flock. She is mixed breed (German Shepherd Dog and Boxer we think). When we first got our chicks she was only about 6 months old. We lost one bird- my husband and I disagree about what happened, but it's possible that she played too rough-we didn't see it. However, since then, (it's been 2 years), she hasn't hurt any birds. In fact, she will break up cockfights when they break out- which helps keep the peace. The one thing she does like to do is occasionally run past the flock, startling the ladies. Whether this is intentional or incidental, I don't know for sure, but I think she gets a kick out of it. But she knows that "No chickens" means to back off. And, at this point, the chickens are used to her antics. 

I think it's probably smart to choose your dog breed carefully. It seems like a shepherd would be a good choice. Also, look for articles on introducing dogs to chickens. Be patient and don't leave them alone until you are pretty sure the dog isn't a risk. Good luck!

post #50 of 74
I LOVE pit Bulls!!!!
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