Herding Dogs trained to herd chickens

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by mauigirl, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. mauigirl

    mauigirl Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Maui Hawaii
    Have been considering a mini aussie that has been trained to herd chickens or i can train to herd chickens. Anyone out there that has feedback??
  2. Nmarine1057

    Nmarine1057 Songster

    May 31, 2011
    Byhalia Ms
    This shouldn't be hard to do as long as the dog knows not to hurt them. My Boston Terrier was easily trained to herd my chickens, she liked to chase them in the first place and I would tell her to leave them alone once she learned they weren't food I started to give them command "Get Em" and she would run after them. The chickens aren't stupid and immediately head toward their coop. Now any time my chickens are being bad and destroying my wife's garden I can easily round them up. You can also try to teach your chickens to come when you call, just say something like "Here chick chick" every time you feed them it wont take them long to recognize this call as the dinner bell! Hope this helps
  3. KristyHall

    KristyHall Crowing

    Jan 27, 2011
    North Alabama
    People in the herding group say you can't herd chickens but I disagree. I have an australian shepherd who herds them. The trick is, he cant go at them like he does other live stock. he has to larn to keep his distance so they don't scatter.

    he is a wonderful dog,and I love ausies. They are great family dogs, usually good tempered, and very devoted to their humans. The only trouble I have with the breed is that they can get so devoted they have to constantly come back to their master to "check" on them while working, so you have to constantly redirect them back to their job, they can be hard headed (but all herding breeds can be heard headed), and you have to be careful with them during the heat if you live in the south like I do. I shave his bely, under his legs, chest and bottom to help him stay cool
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  4. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    No need to get a dog when they will run to you if you have a bucket or treats.
  5. Baymule

    Baymule Crowing

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    I've had several Aussies, but never herded chickens with them. Where I bought my first Aussie, the breeders started their pups on ducks before moving them up to small livestock. Aussies are incredibly smart, no reason why they can't be trained to herd chickens. Knew a fella one time who sent his Aussie in the coop to gather the eggs, one at a time.
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    My border collie would herd anything from legos to children. No worries.
  7. Crazy4mypeeps

    Crazy4mypeeps Chirping

    May 17, 2011
    Our blue healer / Aussie mix helps quite frequently. He's pretty gentile and doesn't get over zealous about running at them. I'd say it can be done with a bread that has the instinct to heard. [​IMG]
  8. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    East Tennessee
    My border collie will herd chickens, rabbits, and lawn mowers...[​IMG] He chases our rabbits around the deck, my brother's rabbit follows him all day long. He'll always herd silkies, he never bites anything, he just nudges them with his nose. The chickens aren't scared of him anymore, its pretty funny.
  9. mauigirl

    mauigirl Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Maui Hawaii
    Quote:most are handfed babies so come to thier names (or feed depending on who is watching =-})

    but since i am dogless at present, figured i'd get one that could work toomahalo from maui [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2012
  10. EverVon

    EverVon Hatching

    Mar 21, 2015
    I have a Australian Shepherd mix, and he is the utmost best herding dog ever. I can trust him to watch and guard my chickens for as long as I wish. I'll send my flock of 23 chickens out into the unfenced fields, knowing that he will be there to keep them in a safe, tidy, circle. I've even trained him to herd the flock back into their run at 6:00, if I don't give the command earlier. He even sleeps inside the barn near the coop to keep them safe. You should try to train your dog as well, It's very easy.

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