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Will a puppie eat my chickens!??

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My neighbor is going to have husky puppies and said he is going to give us one. I got a dozen hens and two roosters but idk if the puppie will eat them or if when he grows will he eat them. My friends tell me that if i have the dog as a puppie when he/she matures they will get along but idk. Should i get the dog or no?
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How young is the puppy? I have seen many cases where puppies that were raised alongside what would usually be prey animals (like rabbits, cats and yes, chickens) do grow up accepting them as fellow pets, rather than prey. And contrary to myth, domestic dogs rarely eat the animals they kill (most of their natural hunting instincts have been long bred out of the domesticated dog). However a lot does depend on the breed. Huskies were not bred to be hunting dogs, like retrievers, they are a working breed. But they are much closer to their wolf ancestor than most.

 

You might want to google something like "raising puppies with chickens" or some such.


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An old Production Red, a Black Australorp, 1 Marans, 7 Easter Eggers, 1 (suspected) EE Roo,

two dogs

and some really prolific oak trees!

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post #4 of 7

Tough tough call.

 

If it's a little puppy, a full grown rooster might teach it

not to eat the chickens.

 

On the other hand, it might eat the rooster first.

 

My lab was full grown when we first brought chickens home.

He's never hurt the first one.

 

We also had a hound who thought chickens were lunch.

 

Do you free range?

 

Tough call. Some dogs wouldn't bother a chicken for anything.

 

 

 

Spook....maybe a very young new puppy.

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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

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post #6 of 7

I like to err on the side of caution.  I would say no puppies right now.    Puppies and grown dogs  can accidentally kill a chick just because they are so much bigger and  stronger. But, there are also dogs that love to chase and kill things (squirrels, rabbits, chickens etc.)

 

The best way to have dogs/cats  and chickens is to make sure they NEVER meet.   If you can confine the chickens to a safe coop and strongly built run, they can do  well. But if the dog is able to get to them through digging, climbing, jumping,  you will probably be replacing chickens often.

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D'ya think he might be jealous? :lol: 

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two dogs

and some really prolific oak trees!

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An old Production Red, a Black Australorp, 1 Marans, 7 Easter Eggers, 1 (suspected) EE Roo,

two dogs

and some really prolific oak trees!

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