I love this post! We have several dogs and love to let our chickens roam free during the day while we are working in the garden and such. We live in a tiny farming community at the base of a mountain. Our dogs make great protectors from the predators in this area, especially the hawks and other birds of prey. We currently have 5 Border Collies and 1 Husky, and we sometimes have puppies running around as well. We love that we get to enjoy all our furry and feathered friends together.
Here are some photos I took this week with some of our pack and flock in the yard. We currently have a Momma hen with four little chicks, and we put them into a small kennel during the day so they can play in the yard too. I usually spend a few hours out there with a book, standing guard over the chicks. The last photo shows all my dogs laying guard with me, they have put all their importance into protecting the chicks, since they see me doing it. Lol. I love all my babies. :D
I love the marching in single file!
Mama and KS
Please be careful about the dogs and eggs. below I copied from PetMD
"One such issue is the presence of the naturally occurring protein avidin in raw egg whites. Occasional consumption is not an issue, but excess avidin interferes with the functioning of biotin in the body. Biotin, more commonly known as vitamin H or B7, is essential for the growth of cells, metabolism of fat, and transference of carbon dioxide, amongst other functions. Even with cooked eggs, moderation is key. No more than one egg a day, unless your veterinarian has indicated otherwise."
Thank you, we were aware of the risks. Our vet has told us that the raw eggs in moderation are great for her digestive system and coat. There's the added bonus that we get to cut down on dog food use ever so slightly due to the additional protein she gets from the eggs. She usually gets three to four eggs a week at random times (sometimes breakfast, sometimes supper). We found that if we went consistently with supper, or consistently with breakfast, she'd hunger strike until she got the egg. Now that it's random she doesn't know what to expect so she generally eats.