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post #21 of 26
CENTRARCHID.... You talk about kills like your dogs have actually gone and killed a predator or two....? I don't know if I have ever seen that side of my dog. I have seen him chase squirrels, but he seems to not have that killer instinct.

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post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by IAFarmGirl View Post

I agree cafarmgirl. Border Collies are definitely not for everyone! Too much energy for most people. I also agree that the heeler brought in the protective instinct. I have a girlfriend that raises them with her sheep and they are very protective and also very intelligent dogs.


Just THINKING of having one makes me tired!   Oooh, that ceaseless energy...it would turn to unbearable mischief if not directed.  Chickens hate to be herded.  As do children.  Personally I wouldn't get a herding breed OR a terrier for chickens.  Too smart, too energetic, too intense.

post #23 of 26
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Just THINKING of having one makes me tired!   Oooh, that ceaseless energy...it would turn to unbearable mischief if not directed.  Chickens hate to be herded.  As do children.  Personally I wouldn't get a herding breed OR a terrier for chickens.  Too smart, too energetic, too intense.

That's why we got a mix lol!  To me it's the best of both rolled into one.  But it's that incredible intelligence that I want and need in a farm dog.  Once my dogs learn that I do not want them messing with the chickens in any way they ignore them completely.  No chicken herding allowed on my place!

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wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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post #24 of 26
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I have an Aussie, have had him for years... he is a great dog and I love him as much as one could, but as a full time flock guardian, he would not be very effective... he does patrol the property and his presence I believe is a deterrent to many predators. He is even cognizant of Hawks...   However he would just as soon be in the house in the Air Conditioning. Or playing ball. The chickens... he loves them and is very motherly and gentle with them, but if he were left out there with only the chickens for company, he would not be happy. He is too social. He does bark at strangers etc... but not as a flock guardian... as a flock companion yes... I would trust him with even the tiniest chicks... and his presence in the yard is a form of guardianship. But not full time. They are great dogs however and I would recommend them for someone with chickens because they are shepherd dogs.

Exact same story with my Aussie and also my Border Collie great farm dogs but not the greatest guard dogs but their presence does deter some predators.

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Married 28 yrs. to my best friend. Proud mother of 1 daughter, 1Border Collie,2 Australian Shepherd 1 fat Cat and 50+ chickens

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post #25 of 26
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CENTRARCHID.... You talk about kills like your dogs have actually gone and killed a predator or two....? I don't know if I have ever seen that side of my dog. I have seen him chase squirrels, but he seems to not have that killer instinct.

We have killed a good many opossums, a few raccoons, couple red foxes, unknown number of skunks and a mink.  Also snakes.  Not many are brought up where I can see them so likely underestimates on opossums and smaller critters.  I have actively promoted killing on opossums and raccoons using my own behavior as a guide.  Get dog riled up and encourage him.  Fox killing came about by accident early where male dog as large pup ran a fox down as it tried to catch a free-ranging stag.  I could have done same when fox is so focused.  Scoob (dog) bit fox in hindquarters not causing much damage and fox whipped around and bit Scoob in front paw.  That event got Scoob riled resulting in Scoob apparently having personal problems with foxes where he goes out of his way trying to kill them now.  Raccoons will be trickiest as they are more dangerous when fighting back.  Dog must learn quickly how to handle one otherwise it will not take them on later.  We had a few butt bites on coons before Scoob learned to go for neck and back.  First encounters with raccoons also involved me where battle took place in open field.  Some dogs take to the killing part naturally, with Scoob his mouth was soft at first but that was easy to overcome.

 

Scoob has helped trained younger dog making job easier for me.

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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 #26 of 26

What kind of dog do you have?

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