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Is it possible to get a dog to be fine and not kill my chickens
post #2 of 10
Yes, if you get him or her when a puppy and raise it with chickens they should be fine. Or get a dog that lives on a farm and is used to chickens.
post #3 of 10
Depends on the dog.


post #4 of 10
Getting it to work is a combination of the dog, you and the situation. What is the current situation?

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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post #5 of 10
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What do you mean by situation
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Age of dog.

How much control you have over dog.

Chicken lifestage and their behavior around dogs.

Your dog and chicken confinement setups.

A lot of things. I am not able to provide sound advice unless more details of situation known.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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Originally Posted by centrarchid View Post

How much control you have over dog.

As I see it, this is probably the most important factor. If control is high then management and confinement practices can be low. If control is low then you'll need to rely more on the others.

I jokingly refer to something I call the "ham sandwich test". Are you at the point (or willing to put in the work needed to get to the point) that you can do the following:

Put your dog in a down and have him stay for 30 minutes?
Set a ham sandwich next to him and do the same?
Leave the room and have the sandwich remain untouched?
Call your dog out of the room and have the sandwich remain untouched?
Put a sandwich on the floor and call your dog past it?
Call your dog off a sandwich when they are going for it mid-stride?

If you can get that amount of control over your dog's behavior around a sandwich then training with a living, flapping, squawking, chicken starts to become a more realistic expectation.
post #8 of 10
My dogs will eat the ham sandwich. They appear to judge having it sitting unattended as wastefull. They clearly are self aware and have opinions.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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Originally Posted by centrarchid View Post

My dogs will eat the ham sandwich. They appear to judge having it sitting unattended as wastefull. They clearly are self aware and have opinions.
My dogs know to eat the sandwich, because there are dogs in this world that are starving. They also know that chickens are members of their pack.
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Originally Posted by HillBilly547 View Post

Is it possible to get a dog to be fine and not kill my chickens

 

Is it possible? Yes.

 

Are you asking how to do it? That could take an entire book, depending entirely on you, the dog in question the birds, etc. In short, the situation.

 

BTW, it is also equally possible a dog (yours or one belonging to someone else) may kill every bird you have.

 

We have a small house dog and he lives in fear of the birds. I have seen them flog him.......so while they generally get along, he tends to keep and eye on them and is nervous a lot when they are around. 

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