Has anyone ever heard of a bird dog existing peacefully with a flock of chickens? If so, I'd love to hear your stories. I thought I read one on here earlier, with a picture accompanying it, but I can't find it now.
The reason I ask is because in early February I gave 2 roosters to a boy who lived on a farm who had a bird dog. He claimed his bird dog got along well with his chickens, that's what "bird dogs" are for, guarding birds. Indeed, when I got to his farm, his broody hen was right up next to his bird dog. He said they were best friends.
I had had a terrible time trying to find a good home for my roosters, and I was so pleased they were able to go to that farm together. There were about 16 hens.
But when I got home, I realized bird dogs aren't protectors of birds, they are bird killers!
But is it possible they are also protectors of birds, in some cases.
I'm worried that although the bird dog had apparently not killed any chickens yet, could a bird dog snap if a strange rooster was in its midst, since roosters are more in your face?
I am afraid to call the farm to see how the roosters fared, for fear of bad news, since I have nowhere else to place them. I figure it's better not to know if some terrible fate befell them. It would be wonderful to know they are okay, but I figure the odds are not good.
So I'm just hoping for some positive stories of bird dogs and roosters co-existing peacefully.
Thanks for your help. The bird dog did seem pretty sweet, but can't dogs just snap at any time, and is a rooster more likely to cause them to snap than hens?