Will my dogs be a problem for a chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ZBug, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. ZBug

    ZBug Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2012
    I have quite a few dogs (compared to the average house), 5 to be exact. Only 1 of them is a big dog, and she's the sweetest dog ever, she's not my concern. The other 4 are, a miniature schnauzer, a pomeranian, a scottish terrier, and a Bulldog.
    The dogs are typically in and out as they please. We also have 3 housecats, whom we try to keep IN the house at all times, and the dogs just leave them alone, they never fight. But if I have a few chickens that i'll let run around in the yard, do you guys think the dogs might harm them?
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    At first, in all likelihood, yes dogs will be a problem for a chicken. Their good nature with each other and you not a predicter of what they will do to chicken. This does not mean they can not be trained to leave a chicken alone but it will take work and a little education on your part.
  3. Lilbrownie

    Lilbrownie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2012
    Berks County Pa
    I have a pitbull and at first she was very interested in them but after some training she now knows to let them be. It all depends on what your dog is like and mine luckily is very obedient and has given in to know they belong here too. Good luck!
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Multiple untried dogs involved here will make situation more complex.
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Your dogs will LOVE the chickens---as toys and dinner. This will be a big training project,individually with each dog, then as a group, I think very difficult at best. Good luck, Mary
  6. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

    Jul 29, 2012
    Oregon City, OR
    My Coop
    With that many dogs, pack mentality will take over. Probably won't be good. Training one-on-one will help.
  7. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2012
    Dogs do tend to pack up. You can fence off a section just for your chickens as well as train the dogs. It will take time but training is worth it :) [​IMG]
  8. idiganthro

    idiganthro Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2009
    Mechanicsville, MD
    My own little lap-warmer, 13 pound Lhasa Apso mortally wounded one of my chickens yesterday. I blame myself for not supervising more carefully, but I let him out and got busy doing yard work. He is, afterall, a dog and their ancestors were predators.

    The only chicken really showed interest in was one we incubated that hatched in July. It was bantam sized and was integrated with the rest of the flock. That is the one pup always homed in on, and now with fatal results.

    Will be much more careful in the future.
  9. jotee

    jotee Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2012
    Hi...If you raise the chickens from young and allow your dogs to be around them, smell them, etc, supervised, while under the lights and again when you put them in their coop. The dogs will get used to their presence and odor and will not have any unwanted interest in them. I have three dogs and the chickens think the dogs are one of them.
    Just a note. When the chickens went outside for the first time, I had the dogs on a light lead so I could pull them away quick if need be. They are all one big happy family now!
    Good luck!
  10. Mountain Man Jim

    Mountain Man Jim Chillin' With My Peeps

    All good advice here. Clearly I'm not alone in training our dogs to accept the chickens. There are several good threads on the forum for training the dogs for chicken duty. I can also PM you a training procedure that I wrote on the subject. Just let me know.


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