can a dog guard chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cowtown chick, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. cowtown chick

    cowtown chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    We had a hen house massacre on Thanksgiving day, our neighbors bulldog was loose and I wasn't aware of it, I let my hens out in the yard for their daily excursion. The neighbors dog came into the yard and killed two of them. Does anybody use shepherd dogs to protect their flock? Is there such a thing?
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    So sorry! It takes a long time to train a dog to protect poultry, and then fighting another dog can be a loosing proposition too. Your neighbor owes you for your birds, and is responsible for keeping his dog out of your yard. Fencing! Without fencing, your dog won't stay home, and anyone's dog can visit your yard. I hope the neighbor is doing the right thing without a lot of legal prodding, but if not, definitely file a report and get things resolved some way. Mary
     
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  3. beginnergirl

    beginnergirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for your loss. I hope as well that your neighbor will do the right thing and pay you for the loss of your birds. Do file a report if your neighbor isn't responsive.

    Mary is right. It takes time to train a dog, especially without a fence. Keeping a dog long term will be more expensive and time consuming than an electric fence. People's dogs can also be predators.
     
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our English Shepherd is an excellent guard for chickens. Nothing has ever been taken on his watch. Unfortunately he is getting older now but still enjoys being outside watching his kingdom..
    Some breeds are easier to train than others. Some are impossible to train so watch what breed you get and to others it comes naturally.
    I took the ES to work with me when he was only a puppy. I'd throw my knapsack and coat down and he would lie by it. He was friendly with everyone but more than one co worker told me they would never touch any of my things he was watching. What was ours was his to protect from an early age.
    Our younger shelties are great alarm clocks, and the very youngest herds beautifully and makes sure the chickens are in. They would sound the alarm but I would never expect them to protect anything, although they are good at chasing hawks and other birds.
     
  5. shell shocked

    shell shocked Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi yer
    very sorry for your loss i think its in a dogs make up to hunt but saying that a lot of dogs are
    great with hens cats that are part of their every day life i was worried about my dog he is a
    staffordshire bull terrier he had a look at them not interested when they do meet all he wants to do
    is stick his nose up their bums the others are right you should be paid for your hens anyway i
    hope it all works out
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  6. cowtown chick

    cowtown chick Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in N.E. Tennessee
    my neighbor feels horrible about it and immediately said he would pay for more, even asked where he could get them, that's not an issue, they are only a couple of $$ as babies, it's just that it takes so long for them to lay. thanks for the input
     
  7. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    I have 4 German Shepherd Dogs and they protect my flocks....it is so much about the dedicated training that a responsible dog owner puts into the animal that gives the required results...without the training the dog can be a predator against your flock(s)..

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  8. shell shocked

    shell shocked Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi again
    your like me i got my girls young four out of seven have started to lay the smile that stuck on my face no amount of money could buy
    i am not soft i came up hard like so many others who where poor but i really do feel for you not for a moment did i think keeping chickens
    would mean so much to me but i see now i am not alone anyway i will not bore you any longer take care




    good luck
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  9. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    Your words mean so much...that smile when they first start laying eggs is so precious...I'll never forget that first egg when a chicken laid it...a miracle of nature...!
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    This is why you need to charge the cost for birds at the age they were killed.
    Chicks are only a few bucks each, but POL(point of lay) birds at about 6 months old are more like $20-30 each.

    ETA: Agrees, you don't need a guard dog, you need a fence to keep other dogs out of your yard.
     
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