How do you promote healthy relations..

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fshinggrl, May 14, 2009.

  1. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ...between the bird dog and the chicks? [​IMG] The chicks are in the coop and the coops is in the chicken wire.. but the dog sees the chicks and [​IMG] drools!!! She is a very good dog. She is well trained, and not in the hunting sense. HOpefully it will just take time.. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] She isn't generally out without me...

    She is an 8 year old golden retriever.
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  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    I read the title and thought you meant between you and your SO...
    UMMM... so not going there! [​IMG]

    For me, I had my dogs "down, stay" and brought the chickens over to them. They could smell them, but I would correct them quickly if they got too interested.... [​IMG]
     
  3. okieroy

    okieroy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My boder collie was the same way. She would just sit and stare. Until............
    One day my youngest daughter accidently left the gate open to the yard where I keep my chicken tractor.
    Within a few minutes. All three of my barred rocks were dog food.
    Until that moment, she had not made any threatning moves or growls or anything. Then, SNAP, killing spree!
    I will never evey allow dogs around my chickens again. Now there are 3 gates between my dog and my chickens.
     
  4. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do understand that the dog will never be 100% trusted. We have a neighbor who has several dogs, and several were added on to their household throughout the years and free ranged chickens. Unfortunately a weasel got his entire flock in the chicken coop one night.. but they had no issues with dogs. Thanks!
     
  5. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    My dogs are out with my chickens all day. Never had a problem, and one of them is a Queensland Heeler X Coyote cross. Training and exposure is a huge part of having a healthy relationship between your dogs and chickens. Good luck!
     

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