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We have a wonderful dog who is great with the kids and has never been a problem until now. We just got baby chicks for the first time and cleo, our dog broke into the coop and killed all but two of the chicks. How do we break her of this? Once a dog gets a taste for chicken can it ever safely live among them?
 

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Aww <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">:<br><br>
My Beagle and Pomeranian used to go after my chickens all the time. They managed to kill a few of them. What I found helpful was getting a pair of malePekin ducks--they basically beat up the dogs whenever the dogs went around any of the birds. Eventually the Pomeranian stopped bothering the birds altogether and the Beagle was pecked to death by one of the roosters <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I can't say that I really blame the rooster, though...<br><br>
What kind of dog do you have? Maybe you could put her in doggy time-out or something every time she goes near the coop?
 

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Unfortunately you can't break them of it. Once they have had a chicken they will keep going after them. We lost several of our chickens to our dog and we finally had to give him away.
 

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My MIL says that if you tie one of the dead ones to the dog's collar until it falls off, it will stop killing them. Not sure how it works, and it's kinda gross, but her dogs never mess with her birds.
 

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All you can do is permanently keep the dog away from the chickens. Invest in a strong, solid chicken pen. Of if you want to move them around a strong, solid chicken tractor. Punish if the dog tries to get at them through the fence. Once a dog gets a taste for killing there is no way to break them off it 100%. The thrill of chasing and catching something small and feathery is not something they forget.
 

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My chicks are in the kitchen, and their pool is covered with screen, with a weight on it.<br><br>
I never leave them alone together. Ever. And I worry a lot that I've left barn doors open, or fences unlatched<br><br>
I know your dog was not supposed to get in the pen...that's very sad. I'm sorry. But I think of my chicks nearly as human infants. I love my doggies-- they rock and have never been aggressive-- but I don't trust them at all alone--with infants, toddlers, or baby chicks. Not because they are mean, but because they are predators. You never know.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My MIL says that if you tie one of the dead ones to the dog's collar until it falls off, it will stop killing them. Not sure how it works, and it's kinda gross, but her dogs never mess with her birds.</div>
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my husband did this with his dog before we married, not until it fell off, but until it got stinky, he, the dog never touched a chicken, duck, goose, guinea, peacock after that. I don't know if I could do it or be around if it was done but.... apparently it did work
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My MIL says that if you tie one of the dead ones to the dog's collar until it falls off, it will stop killing them. Not sure how it works, and it's kinda gross, but her dogs never mess with her birds.</div>
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I live in Arkansa Tyson chicken country and that is the advice most commonly given around here Good Luck
 

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Thanks for the advise. The chickens were pretty small still so there wasn't much to tie around her neck. My dh put her on the dog run for a week and she was not a happy girl. We let her off and the next day dh found her sniffing around the coop so he put her back on the chain. Hopefully she will understand that going near the chickens gets her chained up.<br><br>
The good news is, she didn't kill as many as we first thought. Some got away and we found them later out in the woods around the coop, plus we had already gone and bought replacement chicks so now we have lots of them.
 

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omg- I tried the tie it around thier neck thing when my dog played my kitties to death and it didn't work at all. All it really did was gross us all out from the stink. I think that dogs just like to hunt. I am glad to hear that the tie it on trick worked for some people though- I thought my neighbors were going to send pita after us.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about your chickens. That's awful. No advice, just empathy.
 

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Sorry about your chicks, dogs can be the worst predator on the farm.<br><br><br>
I wouldn't count on the hope that your dog will see the connection to going in its kennel or being chained when it sniffs around the coop.<br>
What you need to do is fortify your coop in such a way that the dog can never get in again.
 

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Yep, what she said.
 
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