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I am afraid my dogs will eat my chicks!!!!

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Two of my hens are broody(they will hatch in a week) but they are in the main hen house. I am afraid that when the chicks hatch, they will exit the chicken house and the dogs or cats will get them. My dogs used to eat my full grown chickens, but thankfully we trained them not to. I don't know how they will react to baby chicks though..... What should I do?
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Two of my hens are broody(they will hatch in a week) but they are in the main hen house. I am afraid that when the chicks hatch, they will exit the chicken house and the dogs or cats will get them. My dogs used to eat my full grown chickens, but thankfully we trained them not to. I don't know how they will react to baby chicks though..... What should I do?

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X2 on the advice to separate them and keep your flock safe.

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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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Just be sure to keep them apart.  If you won't keep your dogs locked up,  then you have to keep your chicks in a safe coop and safer outdoor run, that your dogs can  not dig under, climb over  or squeeze their paws or mouth between the wires.  You know your dog kills chickens.  I would advise putting up electric fencing around coop and run, to teach them  going near chickens is NOT a good idea.

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post #7 of 7

 A good momma hen will do the best she can to teach

your dog not to eat her babies.

 

But still , the best advice is to not put the chicks where

the dogs can get to them. Best wait a while on that.

 

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