Dogs eating chicken "packages." Don't want to know the answer to this but I need to know.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by GA_Gypsy, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. GA_Gypsy

    GA_Gypsy Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2011
    N. Georgia
    So I finally have chickens that accept my dogs and vice versa. My bird dogs finally romp and actually play with them but now there is a problem. I cannot stop them from eating every single "package" that my chickens make all around the backyard! I have them on heartworm preventative and worm the chickens regularly. But after all of that, can someone PLEASE help me to either convince me that its okay or tell me what to watch out for. I have a big backyard that I like all of them to enjoy. I don't want to keep them separate because at the moment the dogs lose. We'd have to totally redo the backyard design to make the chicken area smaller and the dog area bigger. I know that many of you have dogs and chickens together, so how do you all do it? Or is it okay? Thanks for all of your input :)
  2. GA_Gypsy

    GA_Gypsy Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2011
    N. Georgia
    Oh and BTW, the guy at the Tractor Supply Co said that they sell a spray that you can go around and spray on the packages around the yard to discourage the dogs to eat them, but um yeah. That is a little, um, impossible to do. Don't have that much time in my day to do that. WAY too many of them around! Thanks
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Lots of folks here just accept this. Dogs will be dogs. My vet chuckled and said chicken poop is calorie dense, which is a hassle in my case because my dog (who was very close to starvation when found) stays overweight.

    Just don't let him lick your face.... [​IMG]
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    My dogs LUV chicken poop. It's gross to watch, so I don't. They also LUV chicken food. I think it's the reprocessed chicken food they LUV so much. I think it's normal animal behavior. If you keep your dogs on all their preventatives, you should be fine.
  5. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    My dingle berry eaters love to steal my chicken work shoes... Naughty dogs.
  6. BlueBob

    BlueBob Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2012
    To a dog that's called recycling [​IMG]

    Gives me an idea though...If DE is passed through a chickens digestive system intact, and then the dog eats the package, there wouldn't be any need to worm the dog for intestinal parasites then would there? Win Win!
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Chickens eat the horse poop, dogs eat the chicken poop (and the cat poop), now if I could get the horses to eat someone's poop I could have a cycle!

    This is why I seriously NEVER let a dog lick me. Anywhere. EVER.
  8. CluckCluck18

    CluckCluck18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    Largo, FL
    I don't worry too much about it. My dog loves cat poop but doesn't eat chicken poop....she does love to eat their food though.
    My chickens will peck at the dog poop in the yard and the cat says " guys are all NUTS!"
    My chickens eat organic and my dog/cat both eat high quality food......God Bless our funny, silly, sweet pets. [​IMG]
  9. alessadry

    alessadry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    I am a dog trainer and stopped my dogs eating the chicken poop by enforcing the ''leave it'' command. I primarily taught this because when my chicks were young they were on medicated feed with amprolium and I was concerned about my dogs eating poop with traces of medications. Now, they may occasionally eat one once in a blue moon -when I am not looking -but I am not concerned as I was before since now they are only on layer crumbles.
  10. Terrik

    Terrik Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    Dallas, OR

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