Originally Posted by FourPawz
It's going to be ok. Your birds should recover. You do, however, need to train your pooch. You need to put Fido on a leash attached to a collar, NOT a harness and, well away but in sight of the birds, you need to say his name, and when he looks at you, you need to immediately give him a really good treat. Something high quality, like a pinch of lunch meat or leftover meat. You need to do this repeatedly, and it's going to take a while to get him to take his eyes off the distracting birds reliably. As you progress, you can inch closer to the birds, but if the stimulation is too much, back off from them. You want the dog to succeed. Your goal is to be able to sit right at the coop, and have him watch you instead of the birds.
You're desensitizing him by this conditioning.
Really really good advice with the pooch. No one should really leave their doggy alone with chickens, it's just too tempting for the dogs. My placid 14yo Pomeranian, sits & stares
at our new Rooster. Im lucky he isnt a digging pooch, but I have my eye & ear on the lookout continuously until the dog gets used to the rooster being there with all his funny
noises he makes.
If I leave the house, I put the rooster back into the enclosed part of the coop. As I wouldnt want the rooster jumping out or a cat getting into the run.
As it is, I have to put him in a pet traveller in the garage at night, cos the crowing in the morning is at 6am, not conducive to good neighbourhood relations!!!
I would be in shock as well if I came home to bloody & injured chickens. You have done the right thing & if it makes you feel better, give them a cuddle & a nurturing talk, they would probably appreciate it.
PS: I accidently left the lid off the brooder in my house. BUT the dog was in there too with good access to the chicks. God love him...he didnt touch them, I raced home when I remembered. That was lucky, but I wont make the same boo boo again.
Its great to see such a caring owner as well, good luck..