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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sillychickymama, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. sillychickymama

    sillychickymama New Egg

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    Hi there. I'm done lurking around this site and am ready to come out from under my rock. I have some breed questions and I know there is a board specifically for such questions. However, my pics are on my phone. Any advice on how to post from said phone onto the board? Is there a phone app or something? Am I going to have to fine my digital camera and upload?
    My BG is that I am in year 3 of raising hens. We just had to start fresh this spring due to a massacre over the winter. I'm blaming skunks. I had to put my beautiful American Bulldog down last fall and she was their babysitter. I'm in city limits, so no roos aloud. Anywho... Currently raising 2 RIR 3 Orps 2 EE (of course these are the hens I have questions about.)
    Also, can I get advice on this board for training puppies to live w/ chickens? We lost one already to our rambunctious Corgi pup.
    Well, Thanks for reading and for the wealth of knowledge I have already learned from this site.[​IMG]
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    My Coop
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  3. sillychickymama

    sillychickymama New Egg

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  4. sillychickymama

    sillychickymama New Egg

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    Ha! Figured it out! Yay for me!
     
  5. MzPlacedHippie

    MzPlacedHippie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a cute pic!
     
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG]To keep predators out, you need to use 1/2 inch hardware cloth not chicken wire. Chicken wire only keeps chickens IN, does NOT keep predators OUT. It is very flimsy and any predator worth his salt can tear thru it. You also need more post supports so wire is taut and not droopy. A raccoon would easily go under your fence, or just right thru., so would a dog, and an assortment of other predators. Running some electric fence wires around the outside would give you more protection . The doors need good locks, raccoons have opposable thumbs, tenacity, and brains.

    One way to keep your dog from killing chickens is not to provide it with opportunities to do so. It should be on a leash and visiting with dog on one side of fence and chickens on the other. The worst thing anyone can do is introduce a dog to chickens by holding a chick up to the dogs face. He thinks he is being offered the chick as a treat - goodby chicken. Hello the beginnings of a chicken killer.

    Please read the threads on predators and safeguards you can put into effect.
     
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  7. sillychickymama

    sillychickymama New Egg

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    Thanks for the coop improvement suggestions, D.Diva. We figured between living in the city and our dog, we would be predator free. Nope.
    I usually do have the dog on a leash when I bring her with me or she just "stays" at the door. The "incident" occurred when my toddler figured out how to open the door to the run and a chicken got out of the run. I want the dog to see the hens as part of the family. She's great with the cat and the kids. I guess time and patience will be what it takes.
     
  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, sillychickymama, and a belated [​IMG]! Good luck to you!
     
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] That is the cutest pic! Absolutely adorable... There are some discussions here on training dogs to leave chickens alone and also some on training dogs to protect your flock against predators. Here are some:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/778988/training-a-dog-to-leave-chickens-alone

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/700017/how-to-train-your-dog-not-to-kill-chickens

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/735168/raising-and-training-a-livestock-guardian-dog

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/426408/planned-livestock-guarding-dog-for-poultry

    Enjoy the site!
     
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