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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by erlibrd, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. erlibrd

    erlibrd Crowing Premium Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    We've had chickens just over 3 years now and haven't owned a dog in that time. I am getting a miniture Australian Shepard pup in a few weeks and wonder what to do or not do when I introduce her to the chickens. I only free range when I'm home.

  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Songster

    Jan 16, 2012
    The main thing is to never allow the puppy to be around the chickens unsupervised. It will take time to train the dog.

    I would suggest at first allowing the dog to observe the chickens in the run to get a sense of its reaction.

    I hope it goes well.
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    When we got our lab, he was 7 weeks old. I took him right down to the chickens, held baby chicks up to his nose and let him sniff them. Any time he showed interest, I just gave him a stern, low-voiced "No". We did that a few times. I did not allow him near the chickens unsupervised for a long time - it's been 10 years, so I really don't know how long. The most important thing is consistent training. There are many ways to train, you have to find the method that works for you.
  4. Biologrady

    Biologrady Chirping

    Apr 12, 2012
    Yep, be a total control freak. Also, it really helps to have the dog around the chickens constantly so they become boring. When the chickens were in their brooder we parked Ivans bed and food right next to them (behind a gate, so we could relax). Excitement leads to accidents. And besides the chickens, do tons of "leave it" training with food, etc. so the pup completely accepts that anything he takes, he takes with your permission.
    Aussies are smart, but will want to herd them desperately. Give lots of alternative games!
  5. erlibrd

    erlibrd Crowing Premium Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    Thanks for the advise every one. I know it's a smart breed that's why I wanted this type and they are cute :) I'm hoping I can use the herding instinct to my advantage as she gets older and is trained properly [​IMG]
  6. I love Aussies and training is the key to any good dog.

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