Dog keeps attacking chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mattsiewrt94, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Mattsiewrt94

    Mattsiewrt94 Chirping

    Nov 5, 2013
    I live with my dad and I've had chickens there I have 9 now but my step mom has 5 chihuahuas and usually if one chances them they all do but only one of them is comstantly killing them I tried to get more maybe so the dogs feel out numbered i have 2 roosters also but I'm trying to find a breed that's mean or could at least fight back once they do it I'll discipline the dogs but they don't listen and it doesn't help there not mine but I thought about getting a turkey or something I just wanna know if there's something I could do. And the dog that usually attacks them sleeps outside with another one so there's no place to put them. Can anyone help me
  2. ChickCrazed

    ChickCrazed Songster

    Jan 14, 2014
    Lebanon, Indiana
    You need to build a safe run for the chickens. Even just a four foot high farm fence, something to keep the dogs away from a designated chicken area. You can slowly train a dog if you only let them near the chickens for supervised, leased visits. I don't know why you would be looking for an aggressive rooster to hurt the dogs, all that will accomplish is your parent's dogs getting hurt and your chickens getting evicted from the property. You need to find a way for safe co-habitation.
  3. Mattsiewrt94

    Mattsiewrt94 Chirping

    Nov 5, 2013
    My chickens free range in a three sided barns and I dad and me hate there dogs I don't wanna dead I can do that myself If they just got attacked once they'd learn they chase them because they just run and they will do fine when no ones out idk if the dogs try to show off or get jelous when I feed them idk
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Here's the reality: a chicken - even a mean rooster isn't always a match for a dog or dogs. Not even chihuahuas. It could maybe take on one, but if they teamed up, I don't think so. So you seem to have limited options. One would be to build a safe place for them to be where the dogs can't get at them. Another would be to ask your step-mother if you could work with her dogs around the chickens, then do your research on how to train a dog to leave chickens alone. Personally, I would not count on this working, because when you get two or more dogs together, they sometimes forget everything they know and break all the rules anyway.

    You cannot count on the dogs leaving the chickens alone if they get attacked "just once" by a rooster. It may set them off and make it worse. My last dog caught a squirrel once when he was about 6 months old. The squirrel reached around and grabbed the dog's nose and wouldn't let go. Instead of making my dog avoid them, it just increased his hatred of them and he chased and caught many more squirrels almost until the day he died.

    Maybe you can do chores around the place or something to earn enough money to buy fencing for your chickens. This is really the best thing you can do for your birds. A turkey may or may not help, either. It could kill your chickens. This is what happened to a friend of mine. Good luck. I hope you can work out a solution.
  5. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    A tough rooster will make little or no difference. You will never be able to trust those dogs.

    Your options: 1) Fence in a safe area for your chickens. 2) Re-home the dogs. 3) Re-home the chickens.
  6. chefman4u2

    chefman4u2 In the Brooder

    Sep 17, 2012
    Knoxville TN
    Once a chicken killer...always a chicken killer.

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