Chicken Roaming

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Jucodeo, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Today I just let out my two oldest hens which are both 13 months old to roam around the coop. My first one the Barred Rock didn't have a problem she only wandered a few feet from the coop. My other one is a Rhode Island Red. She didn't go to far either my only problem is she went into the yard a little bit and got snipped at by my dogs. Ever since we got the chickens 2 days ago the dogs have sat there staring at the coop for hours. I know they just want to play, but I do not want the chickens getting scared. Also I worry if we aren't careful they could run into the weeds or the road. What do you guys think I should do?
    Justin [​IMG]
     
  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do the dogs actually just want to play. A lot of people think that there dogs would never harm there chickens, but then the 'inevitable' happens. I would slowly introduce the dogs, if they snap at the chickens in any sort if way they need to be reprimanded, with my cousins lab with tapped him on the noise, he has never went after a chicken or duck again.

    For the chickens going onto the road or into the weeds I would say out a fence by those areas, and clip the hens wings
     
  3. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Yep we clipped the hens and we are thinking of building a fence. We think the dogs are curious and like you said bad things could happen. Thank you for the advice!
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    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep. Depending on the breed you may need a slower introduction to the birds
     
  5. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    I have Rhode Island red, Minorca, Barred Rock, Easter Eggor, Copper Maran, and Bantam Rooster
     
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    Sorry should've specified, I meant dog
     
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    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Rat Terrier, and Black Lab Foxes Beagle it's fine.
     

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