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Do chickens like laying on dog hair?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by beb444, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2015
    Northern CA
    So I posted this in another category cause I'm not sure which one it falls in but I'll put it here too:

    So I have a golden retriever, and as you can imagine we groom him a lot of have a lot of fluffy long hair. Would my chickens like laying on his fur in their run? Would it be ok for them if they ate some-or would it get wrapped around intestines? Please let me know what you all think!
  2. trudyg

    trudyg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2013
    I dont' think it would hurt to put some out there, in the nest, and see what they do. If thye toss it out, you know they don't want it
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    You'd be better off putting it in mesh bags around your garden to ward off rabbits.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I find that most wild animals are really adaptable, deer, groundhog, rabbits, raccoons whatever. They pretty quickly figure out no dog is attached to that hair. It’s been effective for a while but not in the long term. I even found that true with coyote urine.

    What’s been your experience Aart? It sounds really good in theory but I haven’t seen that work for more than a few days, even when I renew the hair..

    A few years back I shot 16 rabbits in my garden before they stopped eating my beans as they sprouted. It’s not as if I haven’t tried a few things.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    True, it's nominally effective, like most 'deterrents'. ...but a better place for it than a chicken run.

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