Just wondering how to train a puppy for chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dustponds10, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. dustponds10

    dustponds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Rigby, Id
    Well I have quite a few chickens and I am wondering how to train my pup to know that chickens are not toys. I have a golden retriever pup that is 8 weeks old or so and I dont want him to think that the chickens are his chew toys. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I took my 8 week old lab pup to the chicks (they were fairly young at the time, too - less than a month, I think) and would hold a chick up to him and when he showed interest, gave him a firm "NO". When he would look away or ignore them, I'd praise him. He was easy, though. Not all dogs are. But I think it's a good place to start. Just keep exposing him and letting him know that they are not toys. And under no circumstances leave him unsupervised with them. Not for a long, long time.
  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    introduce it to a mother hen....
  4. EmtheFishLady

    EmtheFishLady We're all mad here

    Jan 13, 2011
    Glen, MS
    Quote:This is what I did with my doxie and thus far, it's worked.
  5. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    We were very lucky as our Border Collie just took right away to chicks and chickens without giving them any bother at all. I did monitor the initial introductions, though.

    Here is atypical pic. of him these days with broody hen behind.


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