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Devastating - the dog killed another chicken

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kannm, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. kannm

    kannm Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    I am wondering what we can do. One of our dogs has killed many of our chickens (the first set he broke into the coop, after that, we did not know how he was getting them). Now we know that he is pulling them through the fence. We can fix that issue, but he has killed our favorite hen. She was our layer and only layer. We have waited 7 months for eggs and have to wait again as she was our only layer.

    I cannot kill our dog. Also, sending him to the humane society would be the same as killing him. But he will be a threat to our chickens as long as he is ours. Rehoming him would be great, but that would be almost impossible as our city is full of dogs waiting to find a home.

    What can I do? I don't know how to train him to leave them alone. Also, he is a hunting-type dog. Could he be trained?

    Please help if you can. I need to know what to do.

  2. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Far SW VA
    first his he a bird hunting type dog if so not a lot you can do.If not you may try a shock collar has worked well for our begale. Once a dog gets a taste of the chicken blood it is very very hard to make thelm stop.
  3. CalicoFarm

    CalicoFarm Songster

    Feb 5, 2009
    North East Alabama
    You could try running a strand or two of electric fence around the bottom of the entire pen. This is a little gross, but I have heard it works, tie the dead chicken around the dogs neck and leave it there until it falls off. I have never done it, but I have heard from people that have tried it and they said their dogs never even looked at the chickens again. Good luck in whatever you do.
  4. Gigijenn

    Gigijenn In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    Gray, Maine
    Our dog got along with our four hens peacefully, but then one day just *snapped* and killed one of our hens. We were devastated. Now, when the chickens are free-ranging, the dog stays inside. If the dog needs to be out for a while, we put the hens up in the coop. They all take turns so to speak, but it sounds like your dog still manages to get to the hens in spite of the fence.

    We got the dog a muzzle and that works fine. But we have to be careful in warm weather as she can't pant and keep herself cool. I think panting is the only way dogs can regulate their body temp, so we are mindful of that when she wears it. Wearing it also seemed to really take her down a notch...she just sits there, completely defeated. But she hasn't gotten any chickens since.
  5. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    You can put a invisible fence collar on the dog and set your line around the pen. If he gets close he gets a small sting, the sting gets stronger the closer the dog comes. I wish they made a transmitter that could be put on a chicken so if you let the chicken run the yard the dog would get stung and associate it with the chicken instead of just a location.
  6. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    Your coop obviously needs reinforcing. If the dog can get in, or pull birds through, so can any other predator.
  7. sweet_peeps

    sweet_peeps Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    What about a leash connected to you?
    Then you could give him a firm tug and a "no" when he lunges at the chickens.

    Or putting him down on his back whenever he does it like a mother dog would.

    Does he run loose out there?
    If so, I would change that real quick.
    He has shown he's not to be trusted near the pen.

    I would never let a dog I don't trust run loose near my chickens.

  8. texas_chick

    texas_chick Songster

    Jan 26, 2009
    I would rely on better fencing more so than training.
  9. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I'm sorry your dog killed your favorite - and your only layer, too! What a bummer.

    Even with training, I would never trust the dog alone with your clucks. I agree with texas_chick that you should reinforce your coop.
  10. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    Sounds like you need hardware cloth.

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