Tying a dead chicken around their neck

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Minniechickmama, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

    Sep 4, 2009
    I had heard this before but never gave it any thought until someone brought it up today. This was a sad day in our house, our 7-month old Standard Poodle killed all but one of our young chickens, and the remaining one is questionable if it will survive. We have 8-9 week old young purebreds that we got as chicks and 8 Dark Cornish hens. The hens have been chasing her lately, so she has not been bothering them much, and we used some shock therapy to drive the point home that she is not allowed to chase them. Well, she has been doing fantastic for the last couple of weeks so we decided it was time to let the young chickens out to get a little free range time. We thought she was sleep outside the door today, but when we went out, she had gone on a killing spree. Thank goodness she didn't do in the hens too, but I am not happy. So, this friend said her dad would tie a dead chicken around their dogs neck to drag around if it killed one. I would like to know if anyone has ever done this and does it work? Also, what is the philosophy behind this method? I think we will just put up and in-ground fence to keep her out of their space and get some fencing up for the younger ones who are pretty much defenseless against her, but I would still like to know about this.
  2. ilovebuffs

    ilovebuffs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2009
    Senoia, GA
    Ok, I know I may regret this later, but I will admit we tried this after a friend told us that her Grandmother always did it when she was a kid and a dog killed her chickens. She said she would discipline the dog first with the dead chicken-as a tool, and then tie the chicken around the dogs neck for the day.

    So, a little history...We have 2 dogs, a black lab and a rat terrier, and had about 20 chickens. My black lab killed one of my chicks at about 14wks and about the same time our terrier killed one also, I was devastated. It was when they(chickens) would come out of the cage they were in and would fly and jump because they were so happy. So, we did what our friend said. And I have to say-it works! We still free range our dogs and our chickens and haven't lost another chicken to our dogs. Not that we haven't lost them to the neighbors dog-we saw the carcasses in their yard. But I have seen Sarge, black lab, just lay there as the chickens walk around them-like he doesn't care. Those chickens are now 32wks.

    I hope this helps. I know there are people out there that will probably use angry words in response to this but I wanted to let you know that it does work.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I did it as a kid and it worked.... he would go into his dog house if the chickens came scratching around.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I heard about this method from old timers but, the theory also was that the smell of the dead, rotting chicken would help the message sink home. The dog couldn't get away from the dead chicken until it was so rotted it just fell apart. BUt then again, some dogs love to roll in carrion, so who knows. It's worth a try tho. Nowadays they would call it aversion therapy.
  5. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

    Sep 4, 2009
    Thank you for your replies. I told my hubby about it and he is skeptical, but I believe that if that was how the "old timers" did it, then there must be some validity to it. And I do not look down at those of you who have tried it. It can't be any worse that the shocking that the collar gives her that we have already used with mixed emotions. If we try this i will post our results.
  6. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    This is what is called a superstition--if it works or happens once or twice it must always be so. Well its not true for the great majority. The dog may just finish eating chicken or the rotting meat can attract flies and then maggots. Sorry for the let down.
  7. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2008
    Gold Hill, Alabama
    It didn't work for me... I gave away the dog. He was a mutt but a pretty one.
  8. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    It works on some, but not all. I think that dogs don't really mind the smell of a dead and rotting thing around their necks. After all, look at what they like to roll in. I think that what really bothers them is how people avoid and scorn them because the dead and rotting carcas is around their neck. It sounds like your dog just shouldn't be trusted any longer with the chickens.
  9. werecatrising

    werecatrising Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2009
    My dogs would probably think it was great.
  10. chixie

    chixie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    kountze texas
    I don't think it would work for my dogs... they love to find something dead and roll around in it

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