Anyway, most of the dogs are okay with the chickens when I'm holding them, but two of the chihuahuas and two jack Russell's can't seem to "leave it" for longer than 30 seconds.
Our German Shepard mix was one of the disinterested ones when he was first introduced. He actually sat next to the brooder while I held the chicks during the first few days. He can jump a six foot fence, so jumping our four foot chicken fence would be a breeze if he really wanted them. He has killed an unsuspecting wild rabbit and bird.
I think the pitbull would think they're her babies, like she does with the chihuahuas, but she can be unpredictable.
The pit and shepherd currently have shock collars to keep them from jumping the fence and being wild monsters. Our oldest dog is only five years old, so they're still high energy dogs.
Individual dogs are not the issue. They're wimps when they're by themselves and I can control one at a time, but two or more is an issue. One of them gets barking and the others go berserk over cars driving down the road or the neighbors walking in their front yard. I can only imagine their reaction to a group to flapping chicken wings.
I don't want our chickens and dogs to be best friends, but I want them to be able to coexist in the same yard with a small fence between them. Any ideas?
Btw, my dogs and chickens are family. Neither will be rehomed.