New puppy killed my roo yesterday.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mulemom, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. Mulemom

    Mulemom Songster

    May 8, 2007
    Sacramento, CA
    So me of you helped me out on Friday when my DH's puppy grabed one of my hens. That was my fault. I had been working with her on the leash and she had been doing well off the leash, but I was always watching her. Well, the phone rang and I thought she had been doing so well, I could just go in and grab it....well, next thing I know she's got Martha. I got her away and she has been living in my dd's room, and doing well.

    Yesterday we were in town all day. The chickens were locked in their run and coop, but when we got home I noticed a few white feathers scattered around. I went to the run to look for Bob (he's the only white one) and he wasn't there! There were no holes in the fence and everyone else was safe and sound inside. My DH went into the brush where the puppy had come from and found Bob's headless body.

    What do I do with this dog? I still don't know how she got him out and now I can't let her outside without me.

    When my DH gets home she is going to get a harsh lesson in chicken chasing. I have a shock collar that I used to train my 105lb lab mix on the trail. It worked real well for that. I hope it will do the trick for this puppy. I don't know what else to do.

    Any suggestions would be apprecatied. Thanks!
  2. Ive heard that you can hang the carcass off her collar for a few days. That should do the trick if you can put up with the sight and smell.
  3. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Ive heard that you can hang the carcass off her collar for a few days. That should do the trick if you can put up with the sight and smell.

    I have heard that to, but.......

    Training. Dogs are dogs. We just got to get on them about it. Although, personally, I never trust a dog 100%, with a chicken, cat, kids....cause they are dogs. They communicate with their voice and mouth, and interact with pack member using both. Expecting them never to use either is asking alot!!!​
  4. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    I don't leave my two year old dogs alone with my birds, ever. I have two that could care less about the birds but the other two are very questionable. My 12 year old is fine with them.

    There is just enough puppy in the two year olds that if they forget their training they would tear into my birds when the birds got excited.
  5. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Quote:Same here.....I have a bird dog too and my big dogs are in a seperate kennel til the chickens are locked up for the night. Better safe than soup [​IMG]
  6. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    As an after thought, DH needs to get over himself. The chickens were there first, they are yours and should have the expectation of being able to live a happy healthy life.

    The next time he says no don't when you try to fix the problem, point to the dog house and tell him he can move in with the dog until he figures out your happiness is more important then letting the dog destroy your flock.

    I think I'm getting angry so I better stop here.
  7. Bubba

    Bubba Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    What breed of dog. Please people lets not have a breed bashing or its not the breed arguement.

    People with similar dogs may chime in, if you let us know.

  8. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    Are you sure the dog did it?

    Dogs usually don't be-head a chicken.
    Sounds like you may have another predator. Skunks will take the head off, and they hunt during the day if they are hungry and if there is cover for them to hunt in like brush or trees.

  9. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    You need to start out by not allowing the dog to be unattended with the chickens. On lead work around the chickens will be another thing to do. Next teach your dog the recall until it is done without exception. The puppy also needs to see you working with the chickens and maybe handling any tame ones you have. This will start to establish them as part of the PACK. With a puppy it will likely take the next three months or more just for this. You and hubby both have to do this. If it is only one then the dog will assume it only has to behave when the one traing is around.

    If you want more detailed help email me or post here as their are a number of trainers here that have experience with this.
  10. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    I am wondering if in fact it was the dog?

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