Will a puppie eat my chickens!??

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JesusE98, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. JesusE98

    JesusE98 New Egg

    Feb 22, 2016
    Dallas, TX
    My neighbor is going to have husky puppies and said he is going to give us one. I got a dozen hens and two roosters but idk if the puppie will eat them or if when he grows will he eat them. My friends tell me that if i have the dog as a puppie when he/she matures they will get along but idk. Should i get the dog or no?
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2016
    34.560847, -81.154203
    My Coop
    How young is the puppy? I have seen many cases where puppies that were raised alongside what would usually be prey animals (like rabbits, cats and yes, chickens) do grow up accepting them as fellow pets, rather than prey. And contrary to myth, domestic dogs rarely eat the animals they kill (most of their natural hunting instincts have been long bred out of the domesticated dog). However a lot does depend on the breed. Huskies were not bred to be hunting dogs, like retrievers, they are a working breed. But they are much closer to their wolf ancestor than most.

    You might want to google something like "raising puppies with chickens" or some such.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2016
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  4. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 23, 2010
    Tough tough call.

    If it's a little puppy, a full grown rooster might teach it
    not to eat the chickens.

    On the other hand, it might eat the rooster first.

    My lab was full grown when we first brought chickens home.
    He's never hurt the first one.

    We also had a hound who thought chickens were lunch.

    Do you free range?

    Tough call. Some dogs wouldn't bother a chicken for anything.

    Spook....maybe a very young new puppy.
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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I like to err on the side of caution. I would say no puppies right now. Puppies and grown dogs can accidentally kill a chick just because they are so much bigger and stronger. But, there are also dogs that love to chase and kill things (squirrels, rabbits, chickens etc.)

    The best way to have dogs/cats and chickens is to make sure they NEVER meet. If you can confine the chickens to a safe coop and strongly built run, they can do well. But if the dog is able to get to them through digging, climbing, jumping, you will probably be replacing chickens often.
  7. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2016
    34.560847, -81.154203
    My Coop
    D'ya think he might be jealous? [​IMG]

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