Brand new to this

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Deja224, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. Deja224

    Deja224 Just Hatched

    Sep 26, 2015
    Southern NY
    This may sound silly, but when do my chicks stay outside? They are 6 weeks and in a brooder. We had a few outside adventures in the chicken run. It is starting to get cold here in New York. How do I keep my black lab from digging to try to get in the chicken run?
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I'm not familiar with chickens and cold climates so I'll leave that one to other members with more experience (I live in Kenya and its warm all year round).

    RE: your lab (lovely but silly dogs that never seem to grow up - bit like men actually [​IMG]) you could do a couple of things.
    1. Dig around 1-2ft down around your run and either "sink" the run into the trench that you have made
    2. Do as above and fill with large rocks / stones
    3. Lay some heavy gauge wiring about 3 ft wide around the base of your run and peg it down (so the dog can't flip it up)
    4. Try some dog training to try and socialise the dog with chickens

    Im sure that there are others, but theres some for starters

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  3. steven29128

    steven29128 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    South Carolina USA
    Welcome to Back Yard Chickens !
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  4. pinebarrens

    pinebarrens Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2015
    south NJ
    Hi, I'm brand new too - actually you're ahead of me, as we plan on getting our first chicks in the spring. So, I'll also be interested to read the answers to your questions.

    As regards your dog - I, too, have a dog that is going to need some training to leave chickens alone. We have been working extra hard on teaching "leave it," with lots of treats to reward him. To keep dogs from digging, we have had pretty good luck with securing wire fencing flat on the ground horizontally the way CTKen describes - it isn't just the physical barrier, they seem to really hate the way it feels on their paws. Once they give up, we can usually take it down.

    Welcome fellow newbie [​IMG]
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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    The best thing possible to do with chickens and dogs, is keep them far apart. Dogs + chickens = dead chickens. Chickens have never killed a dog and don't stand a chance standing up to them. It's up to you to prevent them from meeting. Your dog may never be safe around poultry especially when doors can accidentally be left open, or they just slip.
  8. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You've been given some excellent ideas on how to keep your chickens safe from the dog so I'll just say hello and it's nice to have you here!
  9. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC to you also! [​IMG]

    I would suggest you leave the wire fencing down even after you're assured the dog is no longer a threat as it will help protect your chickens from other digging predators.

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