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Chicken killing dog- can he change?
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Sheri    Posted 10-06-2002 at 16:35:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our English Mastiff puppy- 9 months old- has suddenly taken to killing my chickens. We have had him for about 2 months, and he has previously ignored all our birds. Can we do anything to modify this behavior, or should we find him a poultry-free home?

jenni    Posted 06-20-2008 at 15:08:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i used to have a bull mastiff and i have chickens
he never killed any of our chickens but what we had to do was when ever we put him outside to go th the bathroom and the chickens where in the yard, we would have to put a muzzle on him, not one that just went around his nose, but the ones that are like a net. see if it works!!

Amanda    Posted 07-04-2004 at 14:43:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, some folks can't handle it, but, I know that we had a lab that killed chickens, and my dad caught her wit a chicken, and beat her with it till there wasn't anything left but the know, she never touched another chicken as long as she lived, gave 'em a wide berth as a matter of fact...

renee    Posted 10-07-2002 at 19:06:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm getting ready to find out, if my dog will kill chickens. It's part chow and part collie. My nieghbor who has chickens, says the chows are famous for killing chickens. So I'm worried. I'm getting ready to move to the farm. And I will get chickens.

Once several years ago, we got a collie. First thing he did was go out and kill some of the chickens. My husband watched him, the next time, and when he killed one, he took the chicken and whipped the dog with it. He never killed another one, and was one of the best dogs we ever had.

I'm wondering, what if I sort of introduced the dog and a chicken. Have the dog tied up. Bring a chicken around, and pet the dog, along with the chicken. Any body ever try that?


hunter    Posted 10-07-2002 at 12:05:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
just take the dog out hunting.... and shoot your gun with out looking.. say to your self I thought I got something on ground.

TB    Posted 10-07-2002 at 07:07:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I always liked the electric fencer idea to teach most critters what not to do. Though my dad used to say to teach a dog not to kill chickens was to put the dog in a barrel with some dead chickens and roll it down over a good hill. I never even thought about trying it but I guess a dizzy dog getting beet up by chickens would put a stop to it? I don't know!

Red Dave    Posted 10-07-2002 at 06:53:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
No, once they get a taste for killing chickens, it's almost impossible to get it out of them.

Gary    Posted 10-07-2002 at 06:06:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had a dog that liked to kill chickens. We kept him on a leash for 13 years. Finally figured, well the dog's too old to go running about killing chickens so we turned him loose. Yep very first thing he did when no one was looking.... killed another one. He died four years later still on that rope. Find your dog another home.

DHunter n NOLa    Posted 10-07-2002 at 02:56:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
My old daddy, bless his soul, used to tell me that bad habits in dogs such as barking, killing chickens, etc. could be stopped by cutting off their tails. Only thing, you have to be careful where you cut it off...just behind the ears is the preferred location.

Bob    Posted 10-06-2002 at 18:17:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We alway used the " Tie the chicken around the dogs neck" method let it on until it rots off, Use the chicken he just killed. and you will have no more problems. Give it a try, what you got to lose. the chicken is already wasted.

Mary Farrell    Posted 06-20-2003 at 08:46:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our one-year old Lab got into our chichen coop yesterday and killed a chicken. My husband got angry, scolded and hit her hard on the chest. I have heard that tying a chicken around a dog's neck 'til it rots off is effective, but our dog sleeps indoors at night and so wouldn't work out well. The children and I were upset at our dog being hit, especially if this should happen again. What is your advice regarding this situation?

WallSal55    Posted 10-07-2002 at 08:04:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, my husband tied the fowl around the dog's collar until it naturally fell off on it's own.
Didn't stop it from going out and getting a second game bird, but next time my husband really
scolded the dog big time. The dog (Lab) so wanted to please him, left them alone after that.
(She went after other wildlife in the woods).
So, yes, it is possible. Depends on the dog.

DeadCarp    Posted 10-06-2002 at 17:41:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like the electric fencer idea - works on squirrels (hanging grain bag, hot wire stitched around it and suspended ground - boy when he flipped his nervous tail ---- :) and wild things that aren't known for brilliance. We had an Irish Setter who picked up a new bad habit every couple of weeks - he got juiced regularly tho - good luck! My dad-in-law used to just use house juice (one hot wire into rope-suspended bait, wet the ground below the bait) and he scared everything (even bears) away from his cabin. :)

rhudson    Posted 10-06-2002 at 17:03:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had a cocker that loved to "play" with ducks. i took one of the dead ducks, wrapped it in electric fence poly wire. hung the duck just above the ground from a tree limb. ran the poly wire to a electric fence charger. as soon as i had gone around the house, there was a painfull yelp. over the next couple of hours i would hear the dog getting shocked. to this day, he's still interested in ducks, but does not put his mouth on them.

good luck. i think all duck and chicks look like squeeze toys to dogs.

Fawteen    Posted 10-06-2002 at 17:00:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Having trouble getting my reply to post for some reason.

That young, there may be some hope. I don't know of a "surefire" way to break him, and most of the folk remedies are either ineffective or actually worsen the problem. (Tying a dead chicken around his neck, for instance. Most dogs would gladly PAY for Eau-de-Dead Chicken Cologne...)

If you catch him in the act, a stern scolding and a smack with a newspaper or whatever your usual reaction to misbehavior is may help. The idea is to make sure he's aware he's done something wrong. He MUST connect the correction to the action, or it's worthless.

By the way, I just spent fifteen minutes editing and re-editing the post to get it to fly, only to find out that the word "w-h-o-p" as in "w-h-o-p him with a newspaper" trips the potty filter and blocks the post.


Burrhead    Posted 10-06-2002 at 16:53:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lead treatment is all that cures chicken killing dawgs.

Fawteen - Hey, Dr. Burr    Posted 10-06-2002 at 17:02:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's been my experience too. I find about a grain of lead per pound of dog works pretty well ":^)

Burrhead    Posted 10-06-2002 at 17:46:18       [Reply]  [No Email]

I used to get some stuff called Hi-Life from the vet to train dogs to stay off chickens but the SPCA got into the deal and ye can't get it anymore.

It was a powder that you sprinkled on the chickens. It did'nt effect the chicken at all but when a dog got it in his mouth it set him on fire.

One dose would cure a bad dog but I can't get it no more.

JoeK    Posted 10-06-2002 at 19:18:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Similar product is on market for dusting bird food in feeders to keep squirrels out,Made w/capsicun(sic)pepper powder.Apparently birds can't even taste it,but squirrels/rodents can't handle it.

Bob in Pa This works    Posted 10-07-2002 at 20:08:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Your dog is young not hopeless. I use to have chickens and we had a mean rooster that trained every dog in 2 miles. Go to a sales barn or put an ad in a paper their more than free(just get it at night) yell at your dog before he goes near the rooser,he'll learn to listen a little.

Burrhead    Posted 10-06-2002 at 19:32:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
could be the same. It seems to do the same thing.

I know it sho did work good.

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