How to Stop a Dog from Eating Your Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 15littlem, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. 15littlem

    15littlem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently trained my dog to not eat adult chickens, however, she still goes after my chicks. Any input would be great on this subject as there is so much out there on training with adult chickens.
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Keep the chicks where the dog can't get to them, they need protection from other predators anyway. Full grown chickens are extremely tempting for most dogs, chicks.... way too much to expect of most dogs.
     
  3. bloonskiller911

    bloonskiller911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we have a yorkie who would pounce on chicks. the way we broke her was to be with her and every time she went towards one to tell her to sit/stay and give her a treat while being near them with out moving. she's great now and will simply watch the chicks
     
  4. Ullie

    Ullie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just doing the same thing with my two dogs, a Bouvier and a Yorkie.
    Here is a photo of them in the run with the chickens around them.
    I'm not sure that my chickens will be free ranging next summer but I thought I could start some prep work incase, if anything they might be good protectors of the chickens.

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    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand each has his/her own experience with dogs/training. That being said, I won't let my Yorkie anywhere near my chickens - ever. (but he's the best rodent killer/retriever around) [​IMG]
     
  7. 15littlem

    15littlem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know how to do this with a medium to large sized dog, or with a dog that has been bred to hunt and chase?
     
  8. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    Try a search on "leave it" training tips. Works pretty well. There are several posts on here about it. Too lengthy for my peck and hunt fingers to type it out. Good luck.
     
  9. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Introduce her to chicks like you are starting completely from the beginning. To her those are not the same things as what she is used do. She need to know that those things also belong to you. Whenever I get new birds (or any pet) or have any sort of location change or new pin, I introduce my dogs like it is a brand new deal. To them it is.

    You need to work on overall impulse control training and you need do it EVERY day consistently until she gets it. Work on the leave it command outside of the chicken context so she knows what that means. Take her near your coop and brooder on a leash and scold or remove her at ANY behavior other than ignoring. Even happy excited is not ok. Watch her body language. Any tension is not ok. Again, do this everyday. It takes time and patience.

    Even if you plan on keeping the animals separate you should work on training your dog so that when inevitably the dog or the birds get out one day there is a higher likelihood of success. PM me if you would like some additional impulse control exercises.

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  10. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I firmly believe that it is completely do-able if you are willing to put the time and effort into it, and depending on the dog it may take some time. You need to have a foundation of solid overall basic training before you start.
     
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