will a bloodhound dig in to get my chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by unemployed chicken, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. unemployed chicken

    unemployed chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2009
    Maple Valley, WA
    My friend has asked to stay with me for 10days and bring her bloodhound. I have never had dog issues. Our land is fully fenced, chickens are in an old dog run within our fenced property. MY dog is a newfoundland - wouldnt hurt a chicken ever... I've read here before about people getting hit by bloodhounds. I just dont know if I should take this chance with my friends dog being here. You cant tie him up because of his howling.... Do you think if he were inside our fence that he'd dig his way into the run and into the coop (no buried fencing to prevent digging). Just wondering if this breed of dog is that driven?
  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Why not bring the dog inside the garage or something where you can keep an eye on him...because yes. Any dog would willingly take a chomp out of a chicken AND it's better safe than sorry.
  3. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2008
    Just keep an eye on him. Some dogs show too much interest in chickens and some don't. Since he is a strange dog, I wouldn't leave him unattended where he has access to the birds.

  4. unemployed chicken

    unemployed chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2009
    Maple Valley, WA
    He actually is strange in many ways... She rescued him and hes super super timid around people, he will take off and they cant get him back because hes so afraid of people. He does however have a serious coon hunting sense and has tree'd many.... Hard to get the good and not the bad though, I think his hunting instincts probably include chickens. I just didnt know if people have experienced hunting dogs being as aggressive and intent on getting chickens as coons are, thought I did read about someone loosing a flock to a coonhound.....
  5. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    DJ, Alaska
    I would ask your friend to keep him on a leash with them at all times (that way no howling) if you are worried about it. My hubbys BH dont pay any attention to ours at all. We even have one hen who will seek him out while he is sleeping and then she sits ontop of him.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2009
  6. huntertima

    huntertima New Egg

    Jul 18, 2009
    Quincy, Illinois
    I have a Bloodhound and I must say, he is probably the best dog I have ever had. He has never attempted to eat any of my chickens, however he plays rough. He weighs about 120# and is very clumbsy.

    I'm not saying he would'nt eat one if he got a taste, but usually, he just wants to play.
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    My dad's 150lb Bloodhound, Gomer, was never interested in eating chickens. But he was extremely clumsy (just like huntertima was saying) and played rough. Better safe than sorry.
  8. desertcat

    desertcat Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2009
    My bloodhound I don't worry about, the border collie is another story. The hound may drown one, like she tries to do to possums and kittens, but can't see her having one for dinner. Man can those dogs drool!
  9. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    I have a half- Bloodhound and will not hurt any animal. I can set a chick in front of her, and she just smells of it. She's blind but often meanders down to the run and ignores the chickens. Generally, Bloodhounds are some of the most gentle dogs anywhere.
  10. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    I would be concerned and would take extreme cautionary measures if you decide to do this. Have read enough horror stories for many lifetimes on this website alone.

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