And then there was 10......................

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by catfish, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. catfish

    catfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I get the unpleasent task of putting my boys dog down tomorrow. She killed 7 chicks this afternoon. Wish me well and he's as upset about the chicks as the dog.
     
  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Is this her first offense? I just got a new dog and he went after one of my chickens just an hour ago. I was able to grab his collar, but I don't know what would have happened if I had not been right there. I want to teach him with out putting a chicken at risk. Any ideas?
     
  3. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    Wow, Catfish, I'm so sorry. I know you are making the best decision for your family. Good luck tomorrow.

    Thechickenchick, I never trust my dogs around my chicks, as they (the dogs) can get spooked if one makes a quick move. Especially if the dog is already snippy toward the chicks. I have 2 dogs that won't blink an eye at the chicks, but I'm still watchful. I would say, you will always need a leash near the chickens. My other 2 dogs, they are still hoping I will give them chicken dinner one night. [​IMG] The scariest part is that one of the dogs that has no interest is my wolf!!! Good luck! Steph
     
  4. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dogs have only been around the chicks one time and the chicks were protected from the dogs. They are all very interested. Personally, I'm not trusting them nor my Tabby cat. I'm not sure what I would do in this situation.

    Catfish, my heart goes out to you and your son. It' s never easy to make this kind of decision but you have to do what is the good for all.
     
  5. rockyroo

    rockyroo Out Of The Brooder

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    sorry too hear that my dog is a springer and got his hands on a few when i first got mine i felt the same as ....but instead i redesigned the dog pens and chicken pens so the get out at seperate times...hope u feel the same tomorrow and maybe give him one last chance.....gd luck
     
  6. seedcorn

    seedcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    Dogs can be retrained NOT to kill chickens. It's not easy but can be done. I've done it to 4 different dogs that had to be retrained after they killed some of my chickens. Of course neighbor dogs upon warning (usually about 3 times) are given the SSS..........
     
  7. catfish

    catfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:First offense or not doesn't matter. Once they start it isn't going to change. This dog kills wild rabbits around here too. I don't mind the rabbits.

    Regardless I'll load the rifle tomorrow while the kids are at school and put cure this problem right now!
     
  8. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel for you, been there. It's not easy. In some dogs the instinct to kill is just too strong to change. It is eather rehome (if possiable), risk losing more chickens, or take care of it.
     
  9. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can retrain it. I've seen it done. Get a good shock collar and when the dog goes for a chicken you shock it with the highest power. I've seen this work for chickens and it is the way they train search dogs to run away from snakes.

    If nothing else, take the dog to your local shelter. Its not like he's killing children. If he went to a home without small animals he'd be fine (is that correct?).

    My dogs would kill a chick, but they wouldn't mess with an adult chicken. Chicks are tough for dogs to control themselves, they are such easy prey.
     
  10. rockyroo

    rockyroo Out Of The Brooder

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    sorry ....but u musnt like the dog much too get out the rifle and shoot it.....think of ur kids....thats bad
     

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