Guard Dog

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Abbys Egg Farm, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. Abbys Egg Farm

    Abbys Egg Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    I forgot to introduce a very important member of our Chicken herd. This is "Moshie" our Jack Russel/Beagle mix. She is cool with the chickens when they are free ranging and at nite she is one heck of a watch dog. She has nailed 3 possums before and is totally unafraid of taking them on. I let her roam at nite periodically in the hens
     
  2. vthokie

    vthokie Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome to BYC! Moshie looks awesome! We're hoping that our 6 month old chocolate lab will become a guard dog and not a predator. Any tips on socializing?
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  4. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] you are very lucky to have such a good chicken keeping dog
     
  6. redmoo

    redmoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, you are very lucky! I didn't know there were dogs who would protect chickens! My ACD (blue heeler) has already killed one hen. Totally my fault because I was not supervising him closely enough. He is protective of cattle, but this chicken thing is new to him (and me). After he killed the hen, I put her in a garbage bag and whopped him on the head and scolded him. Today, he's showed no aggression, but he's been right by my side. I hate it that I'll have to put him up when the chickens are out unless I can monitor his every move, but for now, I don't trust him. [​IMG]
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Abbys Egg Farm, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Fine looking hound!
     
  8. Abbys Egg Farm

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    We socialized Moshie on the leash. Her first instinct was to attack and it took a week with correction before we actually let her loose with them. Of all dogs I have owned in my life she is by far the smartest one I have ever had. I now have the hens seperated in their own free range area and she still looks through the barriers to make sure they are alright. After the hens go to roost Moshie looks forward to being let into their area at night on her patrol duty. Sometimes before the wife and I retire for the nite she might hear or smell something in the alley section. Ya better not be in her way as she will make a beeline to where she has detected the intruder. She will bark and raise a stink till it leaves. She will stay back there for at least 30 minutes till she is sure it is gone then returning to the porch with us. At nite the hens are safe inside their coop which I have an automatic door that shuts.
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  10. Abbys Egg Farm

    Abbys Egg Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. BYC was very influential in me getting starting in my chicken endeavors years ago.
     

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