A Question Please?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mary631, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Mary631

    Mary631 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 28, 2008
    First I want to say thank you for the very warm welcome last week. I have been very busy and today is Hatching Day! So far 3 and one half chicks out of the 26 eggs. Im so excited as this is my very first chicks ever.

    My question, is it alright to house the chickens next to a dog run? The dogs are not in the run every day and there will be a fence plus board fencing between them. I guess Im concerned that either the chickens can infect the dogs with something or the dogs could infect the chickens with something. My dh wants to use the existing fences so we dont have to start all over. Its a good spot for the chickens, grass, trees, shade and some sun.

    Any advice will be most appreciated! Thank you in advance!

  2. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    NY-Upstate Adirondacks
    I would not be so worried about the disease factor unless the dog bites the chicken, and since your dog is up to date on shots it should be fine, I would just try and be sure your dogs cannot go over the fence or bust through it, because they will probably want to chase and possibly eat your chicks...My cat chased my chicks and ate a few, then I had to pretty much train her not to do that, it was very hard at first but now the chickens and the cat lay under my hubby's work van together???? [​IMG]
  3. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    I didn't get to welcome you yet so [​IMG]
  4. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    NY-Upstate Adirondacks
    oh yeah me too [​IMG]
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Other than dog saliva having nasty bacteria in it the only thing I would be concerned with is if the dogs could dig under or the chickens fly over to the other run.
  6. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I have a dog yard adjacent to my chicken run, and so far it has worked.

    With a heavy duty fence between.

    And heavy 2' x 4' / hardware cloth walls on the run.

    And 14" x 14" paving stones along the fence.

    And a 4' high plywood section along the side for the first three months until the dogs stopped staring intently and drooling.

    I have a Border Collie and a Shepherd/Husky mix who specialize in engineering projects, and I wasn't taking any chances. So far, so good. (knock on wood)

    Good luck!

    Jen in TN

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