Dogs eating chicken feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Thebernards, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. Thebernards

    Thebernards Out Of The Brooder

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    My two dogs just went through 35 pounds of feed in a day. They're great with the chickens besides their eating all of their feed. I can't constantly monitor them because I have a life and they protect the animals when I'm not there, and I can't raise the feed because they are Saint Bernards and extremely tall and can reach on top of my fridge. [​IMG] Advice? My spouse wants to get rid of the dogs but I don't think we will ever find such gentle dogs with all livestock and our 5 kids.
     
  2. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Why not get one of those metal trash cans that have a lid and store your feed it it?
     
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  3. Thebernards

    Thebernards Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm talking about the actual feeders where the chickens eat out of, not the storage of it, lol. I bought a large commercial feeder that has a grate over the feed but they still got into it somehow.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Maybe keep the feed in the coop?
     
  5. penny1960

    penny1960 la la land awaits Premium Member

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    How many birds do you have?
     
  6. Thebernards

    Thebernards Out Of The Brooder

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    18. I bought the feeder because of how it was built, I was hoping it would keep them out.
     
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  7. Thebernards

    Thebernards Out Of The Brooder

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    And we let the birds free range so the coop is always open for them to get in/out. Only thing I can think is we can possibly make a door that is big enough for the chickens but too small for the dogs?? Just trying to avoid that though.
     
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  8. penny1960

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    Do the dogs sleep with them at night?
     
  9. Thebernards

    Thebernards Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes. We have a raccoons, opposums and coyotes that eye our coop constantly but my dogs chase them away at night and during the day too. I've seen them protect them on a few occasions and has made me grateful.

    Most recent was yesterday from a cat of all things. I watched my female literally bap the cat on the head when the cat jumped on one of our pullets backs until the cat ran, but she didn't go far enough so she chased her out more. We just watched and was once again impressed.
     
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  10. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    That door thing may be the best idea, with the door reinforced so that the big strong St. Bernards won't be able to break their way into it.
     

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