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HELP!!! Dog got 2 chicks 1 died what to do with other???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by djwingo, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. djwingo

    djwingo Out Of The Brooder

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    HELP!! my dog got a hold of 2 chicks my easter chicks that were in house....my lil blue one died instantly [​IMG] now the pink one is acting fine no blood or puncture wounds i know i need to watch her i held her for a while and calmed her down ...........any suggestions on what i need to watch for ? the dog actually had her in her mouth when i got to her

    also any suggestions on how to break the dog from that?? she is a house dog a miniature pinscher if it happens again she is gone pleas help me............

    oh my son opened the door to where the chicks were thats how she got to them the other is safe now i moved her up higher thanks guys [​IMG]
     
  2. bhadrika

    bhadrika Out Of The Brooder

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    Oof, good luck.

    My only suggestion for training the dog would be to have the chick in a secure place where the dog can see them (like a cage), and then punish the dog for acting aggressively towards it, by whatever means you usually punish her -- a squirt gun is often effective -- while praising her if she ever acts appropriately (looking but not preying). But I suspect you'll never be able to get her to not view the chicken as prey, so the best you can hope for is teaching her that being near the chicken = punishment. Still, you'll always have to watch out. When teh chick is older, make sure there's high places available and the chicken has enough feathers to reach them...?

    Good luck. Soon we have to move some of our birds into a room the cats will have access to, so I'm working on security issues myself....

    Bhadrika
     
  3. djwingo

    djwingo Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for advice.....a friend told me similar things but since my dog is small i think i am gona take her out to the coop near the bigger chicks and hold on to her harness and let her get close to them that way if she tries to get them i can jerk her back real quick i just dont wanna scare the chickens too much i cannot believe she did this [​IMG] goodluck with yours too
     
  4. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd muzzle the dog while introducing him/her to the flock to be on the very safest side. I'd also make sure it got a few hard pecks to the nose. JMO.
     
  5. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm a big believer in the "hard peck" method. We acquired 2 large pups a couple of months ago (someone left them to die at my daughter's school!). They learned very quickly that the chickens were off-limits when they got pecked on the nose. Of course, being puppies, they have to attempt to play with the chickens every once in a while, but the rooster quickly reminds them that his girls are not puppy toys. It's pretty funny to watch the pups running for their lives from a rooster that is only half their size!!!!!
     

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