Well one of my americanas was out of the coop all night and all day today and my pups left it alone. I had to catch the thing and when I did they took chase again but I quickly sad a strong no and they left it alone still running but with me instead of after the bird. If it happens again, that they kill a bird I might try the crying thing with the pry mix pups but I might just smack my pug with the bird if she goes after any and kills one. She is a little hard headed. ( I won't smack her hard just enough to get my point across) I know it's a learning curve for them and like kids they will test.
On a good note my male pyr is warming up to me! he moved from 30 yard to 4 feet away in the little time I have had him. I do not pen him in the yard or nag him. I just sit on the porch and toss cheese at all the dogs and he comes and gets his share. He also comes for feeding in the morning and night. He has the strangest double dew claws on his hind feet does anyone know why?
Your pups will get it they just take awhile to mature & learn. Mine lay in the middle of birds all day long & don't bother them at all, but mine are going on 5 years old this year. I guess chicken danz answered already but yeah the dewclaws are normal for GPs.
That's looking great! Give us updates as you get finished, we love seeing pics of coops.
It's been pretty crazy here lately with slogging around in the mud to care for birds & animals. I sure hope it can keep from raining for awhile so things can dry out. My sheep pen is still just a mud bog & I was telling my DH that after it dries up I think we may have to dig around the shelter & see if we can jack it up & put cement blocks under it, the whole thing has sunk into the ground, ugh. I still can't bring my sheep back up to their pen yet. My GP Lily has been staying with the sheep 24/7 to guard them & she is doing great. Yesterday I went out & she was laying right in the middle of the herd, you had to look close to pick her out of the group. I'm so proud of her because she has never stayed with the animals like that, she has always had free reign of the property & both dogs work together. With her out in the field shut in my other one Jasmine has had to take over with watching the rest of the place.
I have a ton of chicks too here so if anyone needs any chicks I have a bunch of extras right now & some really nice young roosters that are pure bred as well if anyone lost any. I hate to have to cull those since they're going to be really pretty roosters, but I sure can't keep them. I have quite a few chicks I'm growing out for my laying flock as replacements this year & additions & then am changing out some breeding stock too. I'll be glad when I get down to only the chicks I'm keeping for myself. The cost of the chick starter every week is killing me.