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I have been reading about suggestions to help my schnoodle control her hunting instincts around my 8-week-old chicks. She is much calmer now, and I was really hopeful. Then yesterday, I had her on a leash while the chicks wandered around the barn. The chicks are not at all afraid of her, so they started approaching her and pecking at her fluffy gray coat. Oh my! She was not happy. Is there any way to discourage chicks from doing this? I know it does not hurt her, but she seemed very annoyed in a doggy sort of way. And...if I were not right there, she would probably nip or snap at them. Any suggestions!!

Also known as Gram, who, along with Poppy, oversees a small "farm ", with maple syrup production, blueberries, and now chickens. Teaching special education for a few more years...spending fun times with my 10 grandkids...holding onto Jesus, my rock.
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Also known as Gram, who, along with Poppy, oversees a small "farm ", with maple syrup production, blueberries, and now chickens. Teaching special education for a few more years...spending fun times with my 10 grandkids...holding onto Jesus, my rock.
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I have old dogs and they are not of the hunting or prey drive variety but after the chickens learned they were not their best friends (after a growl, bark and a few chases) they learned to keep a friendly distance but neither groups are aggressive to each other.

A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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Last night I was brave and let the chickens roam around the barn while my dog was unleashed. I kept a close eye on all of them, and it went just fine. When a chicken started to peck at her she sort of did a little jerk of her head and the chicken quickly backed off. After a few minutes they all lost interest in one another, the dog went and laid down in front of the wood stove, and the chicks went about their exploring of the barn. Hopefully the problem is solved.
Also known as Gram, who, along with Poppy, oversees a small "farm ", with maple syrup production, blueberries, and now chickens. Teaching special education for a few more years...spending fun times with my 10 grandkids...holding onto Jesus, my rock.
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Also known as Gram, who, along with Poppy, oversees a small "farm ", with maple syrup production, blueberries, and now chickens. Teaching special education for a few more years...spending fun times with my 10 grandkids...holding onto Jesus, my rock.
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