Could i have free range chickens with dogs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by the fox, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. the fox

    the fox In the Brooder

    Dec 25, 2007
    I have a friend that has a big flock of free range bantams with about 4 dogs on his property. He has never had a problem.
    Could i get some with my dogs if they have never met a chicken before?
  2. kaacres

    kaacres Songster

    Depends on the dog. We have a Blue Heeler that was raised in the city and had never seen a chicken in his life. We got him when he was about a year old. We got lucky, he thinks the chickens are his and will fight any dog that comes around with the intention of harming the chickens. He will lay on the deck and watch his flock and if they wander to far he will go herd them back to the yard. He even does this with our baby guinneas.

    But I stress that we got lucky! Not all dogs will be like this. You could try taking your dg on a leash t your friends and see if he/she gets excitable around the chickens. If so it is a fair bet that it won't work. But if he/she seems relaxed you might see what happens if you drop the leash arund the adult chickens and just stay within reach of the leash should he/she go for a chase. I would hate for your friends chickens to be harmed.

    Good luck and let us know if you give it a try how it turns out.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2008
  3. chicktasticvt

    chicktasticvt Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Bennington, VT
    I would take the dog somewhere there are chickens ON A LEASH of course and see how he acts around them, I wouldnt suggest getting chickens and letting them free range with the dog before testing him to see how he will act.
  4. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    I never had a problem with my Boston Terrier, but he is fascinated by any little animals-not as food or toys, either. He totally ignores the adult chickens.

    It might be best to introduce them and do some intensive training to make sure they are safe with your chickens. One concern of mine is that if one dog starts after them, the others may join in.
  5. crysmom

    crysmom Songster

    Sep 24, 2007
    I have a 6 year old male lab, we got our chickens in the fall, and he is fine with them. He has his own fenced area of the yard and the chickens have theirs. but when we are out in the yard the chickens and the dog are out and he just wants them to throw his ball [​IMG] he repeatedly drops his ball in the chicken feeder and looks at them like "hey aren't you going to throw it? " I'm not sure if they would coexist peacefully all the time, but for a few hours a day its a non issue.

  6. Ga Chicken Mom

    Ga Chicken Mom Songster

    Jul 24, 2007
    My 4 Dobes get along great with my 10 chickens but the Dobes know that the chickies are "MOM'S".
  7. farm_mom

    farm_mom Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    My golden retriever/yellow lab mix gets along fine with our free range flocks. We were just very watchful with her in the beginning. She also listens to us very well, and if she gets too curious and makes a hen or two nervous we tell her "no" and she backs off. It really depends on your dogs temperment.
  8. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    What breed of dog? Our bird dogs spend all day just thinking of a way to get our chickens.
  9. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    My neighbor's house dog (a terrier mutt) is always on a leash. He is only mildly interested in chickens, I think because they act aggressive toward him. However, he almost killed a guinea. We think he wanted to "play" but got excited by their jerky movements and running away zigzaggedly from him. Luckily the guinea survived and is fine now, despite getting a big bite on its back.
  10. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    If you are up for training the dogs and setting the pack structure, almost any dog can be brought around to accepting chickens. Even hunting breeds can be successfully trained to accept feathered companions.

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