How exactly, do you tie a dead chicken to the dog who killed it?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mulemom, Jan 24, 2008.

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  1. Mulemom

    Mulemom Songster

    May 8, 2007
    Sacramento, CA
    I try to keep my chickens and my dh's dog seperated, but one of my hens go out this morning and the @#&$! mutt got her before I even know she was out.

    Some folks say tying the chicken to the dog until it rots will break them of this, but what keeps the dog from just eating the rest of the dead bird and being done with it? What about the other dog? The one that doesn't kill chickens. Won't that dog just help chew it off?

    What do you think?
  2. Kristina

    Kristina Songster

    Apr 30, 2007
    South Louisiana
    old timers used to use the method...never tried it....Don't have but a little poodle.
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  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    The dog will have no idea why you have tied a rotting mess around his neck. The dog needs intensive training to be taught that the chickens belong to you and are off limits to him.

    There are several posts on this subject. If you do a search you should be able to find them.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2008

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    Another question would be "Do I want my dog running around with a rotting chicken hanging around it's neck"?
    I have no idea if this method works on dogs or not. I'm inclinded to think not since dogs like nothing better than to roll ion a rotting animal corpse. That being the case why would the smell of a rotting chicken cause them to stop killing chickens.
    Here's what I'm sure of: dogs are preditors, chickens are prey. The only absolute way to protect chickens from dogs is to keep them seperated. Your dog was only doing what instinct tolld him to do.
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  5. newnanchic

    newnanchic Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    Put the dog up!!! We had to put ours in a huge pen after she killed 4 in one day!!!
  6. Nichole77

    Nichole77 Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    There are lots of old tales. My friend claimed that you are supposed to beat the dog senseless with the dead chicken. Of course she also said you can't get eggs unless you have a roo.
    I would try a shocker collar. Watch and when he goes near a chicken push the button. Do this enough and perhaps he'll get it. Shocker collars don't hurt the dog.
  7. Oh my, that's just gross.
  8. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    My brother in law tried it several years ago. It didn't work. A shock collar did. He raises Labs. Once the collar taught the dog it stopped killing chickens.

    Just my 2 cents. [​IMG]
  9. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    It does not always work. A guy I know (was dating him at the time) tried it on his two dogs, but they continued killing the chickens. He used bailing wire wrapped around the chicken carcass, then wired it to the collar around the dog's neck .

    Like I mentioned, it does not always work and the smell is horrible so if you do venture to do it just be prepared for the worse.
  10. jkcove08

    jkcove08 Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    The big question is what kind of dog is it? If it has any hunting blood in it you will not be able to untrain instinct. I dont know many who have farm dogs that havent lost a chicken or more to dogs. It is not the dogs fault and not always yours. The dog wont learn from tying a dead chicken around its neck, chances are it will find a way to eat it and then learns it is OK. You will have to pen your chickens up and only let them free range when you are home to supervise the dog or the other way around. Our dogs are all kenneled and I have still lost birds to them. Most have been killed by our lab mix and that is not her fault. It was the hubbies fault for letting her out and then not watching her. Now my chickens are also penned in so that when the dogs are out the chickens are in. It is something that you will have to learn to deal with and prevention is the best defense. If a dog is not punished durring the incedent it will not know why it is being punished. They are only doing what feels natural, chase and catch. Unfortunately sometimes they kill in the process. Jenn
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