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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by TheChickenQueen, Dec 2, 2014.

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  1. TheChickenQueen

    TheChickenQueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tonight my entire flock was slaughtered by my family's Rottweiler. They were being temporarily(we just moved and the birds hadn't even been here 2 days) housed in an old cinder block chicken coop type thing until my father could make them a permanent coop outside of the yard(the yard has wire for shock collars) I was already planning on getting chicks this next year :/ unfortunately this was the third( could have been forth) flock in 3 years killed by dogs. This flock was my flock instead of my family's. I just so tired of worrying if any of the chickens I get will make it a year.

    Is there anything I could try to get her not to kill? We have 2 other dogs that would probably need it too. But the Rottweiler is around 7 years old and has a skull about as thick as a building.
     
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    gawildlife Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. TheChickenQueen

    TheChickenQueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Family's dog, not mine. Not my decision.
     
  4. gawildlife

    gawildlife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your chickens, your decision in my book. You asked what to stop this beast from killing and I gave the only known method in my experience. Trust me, what you describe can not be broken, retrained, aversion therapied, whispered or in any way be changed. I've tried and failed. Our line of lemon spot beagles was destroyed by one out cross to a stock killer. I did everything I could to salvage dogs but in the end destroying the dogs and their get was the only answer.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Sorry for the loss of your flock. I suggest you hold off on getting any more chickens until you can get a place of your own, someplace other than where the family dogs live. Since you've already lost 3 or 4 flocks of birds to the family dogs, it doesn't seem like a good idea to keep trying with them around.
     
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  6. TheChickenQueen

    TheChickenQueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, good news! Two birds survived! One Black Star pullet(hen? idk) And my Olive Egger Roo which I was planning on getting rid of before(naturally). The pullet came out with no injuries or missing feathers. The roo on the other hand is in need of a lot of TLC... and possibly a chicken saddle.... He lost a good chunk of his feathers.

    I plan on keeping them, unless the Roo starts acting up as the annoying roo he was again.

    They are going to be moved into my extremely large chicken brooder thing(yeah I know it's not really big enough for them but it is enough)until we build the permanent coop. Which will be in a very large sturdy cinder block loafing shed that is attached to an old dairy barn. The opening to the outside with be securely closed off with a lot of chicken wire. The dairy barn has a heavy door that has wire for the dogs collars in front of it. Then inside it has a door into the shed that has a lock type thing on it. So the dogs will not be able to reach them at all
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I certainly wouldn't trust chicken wire... or even dog shock wire, unless it's HOT wire(S)....

    Sounds like you need cattle/hog panels covered with 2x4 welded wire covered with chicken wire or 1/2" hardware cloth.
     
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    Lots of training and best to work one dog at a time. Until then poultry confinement needs to be re-enforced. If serious about long-term keeping of both dogs and poultry then a bit of electrified perimeter is worth considering. With the real boneheads it is best to make certain they get zapped before they get really close to birds so excitement will not get them to ignore the unpleasant nature of the zapping. My dogs will chew through hot fence to get at a raccoon just on the the other side but will not challenge fence is raccoon a few feet further away.




    If you can get the dogs in the game, then they can be your friends when it comes to other killers of chickens.

    When is comes to the use of a firearm, you have to be present when the dog is there. Think back, where you there with the previous flock decimation's or did you simply see the aftermath.
     
  10. TheChickenQueen

    TheChickenQueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a shock wire. If needed I can turn it up to the highest shock, right now it is on 3 of 4 and the dog hates it as is. Then there is a gate that can be closed for extra precaution.


    The reason she had a taste for chickens was stupid. We had some one in the middle of the night trap her and my old dog in the coop. My old dog was shot after another incident with killing chickens. And the other two dogs we currently have because their owners are friends and they are renting the house to us. And they cannot have them where they live now.

    Please believe me when I say I am doing all I can. I'm not an animal killer, never have been. And even if it is my flock I wouldn't let my dad kill the dog, she is like a member of the family so shooting her would hurt my brothers a lot and me. So I am working on something that will work for everyone. My dog is not other peoples dog, what would effect her, may not effect other dogs so I have a lot of testing to do. But I believe my plan will work if it is done properly.

    And in response to that question. She went through the side of a not very stable cinder block wall, got inside. But shifted the wall so she couldn't get out after she got in. But we only saw the after math.
     
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