Our own dogs!! :(

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tuhraycee, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. tuhraycee

    tuhraycee In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2011
    Our dachshunds have been doing fine with the chickens. We have a new dog (about a month ago) and newer chickens (a week ago). I let the dogs out and we lost ALL our newer chickens. [​IMG] Polish, cochins and silkie. :'(

    If we put up a electric fence up for the dogs so that the chickens can run while the dogs are limited will that work? I'm so upset and I'm kicking myself for trusting the new dog with the newer chickens. :'(

  2. Ksane

    Ksane Crowing

    Jun 21, 2011
    I've got more dogs than 10 people and I don't trust any of them. It's too easy for them to snatch up a chick or chicken and kill it instantly. I've got hotwire and several fences separating the dogs (in front) from the chickens (in back). Plus the dogs are almost always inside because-again-I don't trust them.
    Electric fences are great. Your best bet is going to be a fence for the dogs with a hot wire and then a separate fence for the chickens. I'm so sorry you lost your chicks [​IMG] I know how devastated you must be. Dogs are just dogs. Most of them have instincts they just can't control. I love my dogs and I love my chickens, so I don't mix the 2.
  3. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    Oh I'm so sorry for your loss and I agree that elactric fencing is a good ide just make sure the dogs cant dig under the electric fence.
  4. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    most people forget they're dealing with 2 species... both have to get use to each other in order to get them to live side by side... any flapping/ squawking/ running chicken can trigger a not well trained dog's chase instinct.
  5. dainerra

    dainerra Crowing

    Jun 4, 2011
    start training the "leave it command" and don't leave the dogs around the birds unsupervised. If you aren't there, one or both species need to be SECURELY contained. Dachshunds are hunting dogs, bred to go underground and fight animals bigger than themselves like badgers. Too many people forget that because they look so small and cute, but they can be very viscous killers!

  6. GAchick

    GAchick Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    Pembroke GA
    My dacshund loved baby chicks. She would get in the tub with them, and let them peck at her without any problems. That being said, I still would not have left her alone with them... Little small peeping darting objects are irresistable to dogs/cats. Once they get some size to them, my cats and dogs lose interest....

    I am so terribly sorry you lost some babies.... It does make you a lot more vigilant afterwards.... I did lose all my silkies one year to neighbor dogs.... Surprising how long it takes for that little pain in your heart to go away... [​IMG]
  7. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Who in the world ever said the Dacshund was a cute dog. I've never seen one I could trust. Never. They can have all the badgers they want. But stay away from my chickens.

    This is the best chicken watcher.[​IMG] Just a mutt found on the road 3 years ago.
  8. tuhraycee

    tuhraycee In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2011
    Thanks guys. I should've realized that just because the dogs were 'ok' with the chickens one day that it wouldn't always be 'ok'.

    I love the picture! <3
  9. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Our Doxie goes out with us, but never stays out alone with the chickens. Only the Great Pyrenees stay out with everyone and are trusted alone day or night.

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