How do I break a dog of killing chickens????????

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by ederob, May 26, 2013.

  1. ederob

    ederob Songster

    Jun 6, 2012
    I have a Rhodesian Ridge back puppy he has killed 4 of my chickens and I don't no how to break him of it. I have done lots of thins we talked to a dog trainer and did what she said but he still will not stop and I can not stand my chickens getting killed. So please help. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Keep him separated by a robust fence.
    I can't imagine a dog quitting that activity after finding out how exciting it is.
    It's kind of like trying to break a hen from being an egg eater.
  3. ederob

    ederob Songster

    Jun 6, 2012
    Last edited: May 26, 2013
  4. Fly 2006

    Fly 2006 Songster

    Apr 28, 2012
    Hampshire England
    I agree, each time one of your poor chooks gets it, the dog is being allowed to see just what fun it is, it should never have been allowed to kill a chicken, training should have been done ensuring their safety!
  5. toomanydogs

    toomanydogs In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2011
    How does the puppy get access to the chickens? I'm going to assume the birds free range? First of all you have a breed developed to hunt large game so it will probably be more difficult than with a lot of other breeds to train him to leave them alone. I have 7 dogs and they will kill chickens.My birds are kept in a very large fenced area with a strand of electric fence wire around the bottom to keep the dogs out. After touching the wire a few times the dogs don't pay any attention to the chickens in the bird yard, now if one happens to get out then they are on it. My Lab killed an Orloff hen that got out about three months ago, but that was the first bird they have got in probably a year and a half

  6. ederob

    ederob Songster

    Jun 6, 2012

    I do free range my chickens. I can not put up hot wire because I have toddler brothers and they would touch it not knowing any better. I free range my chickens in a area that is fenced in by hog wire and a wooden fence that has chicken wire on the bottom of it. But some of my chickens get out of the fence and in to the yard. We are trying a under ground shock fence for him. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. SA Farm

    SA Farm Crowing

    Mar 11, 2013
    Ontario, Canada
    RE: Hot wire - they'd learn pretty quick....just saying...[​IMG]
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  8. Christabelle

    Christabelle Songster

    Jun 22, 2012
    Dayton NV
    I used an e-collar and put a few cockerels in the yard with my dogs (two Dobermans). Anytime they showed interest in the birds they got a reminder that they should not. It took about month of days and many many hours of my time. I still don't let my dogs and chickens mix unsupervised, but I have gotten a couple of chickens that flew into the dobes yard back unharmed. I just found them going back and forth in front of the fence with my dogs ignoring them. I have no idea if it would work for free range. I think if my dogs were around the whole flock all day they would revert to their chicken munching ways. When just one gets in the pen with them I am sure they think it is just me trying to trick them again. But then again, who am I to guess what's on a dogs mind?
  9. ederob

    ederob Songster

    Jun 6, 2012

    I have a shock collar I will shock him every time he shows interest in a chicken. Also I will think about putting hot wire up. Thanks!!!!!!!!
  10. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I was going to say the same about hot wire. I only had to touch it once as a kid accidentally. Never went near it again!

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