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post #161 of 1037 Old 06-20-2012, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Not necessarily.
I'll never be able to brag about my dogs after a supposed incident, but...
We have three very large, Reg. Aussie, coydog, and half coydog/Aussie. You keep the chicks in the house and introduce them in the incubator, PAWS OFF. Then have them in a pen, PAWS OFF. I take them in with me, PAWS OFF.
Then gradually let them out with them all out in the yard, PAWS OFF.

A couple days ago I stepped in the house to get some treats for the dogs, came back out and the dogs were digging for moles, surrounded by the chickens pecking for worms in the dirt! I haven't had a problem. Just take the time to introduce them properly, teach them that they are part of the pack/family and you shouldn't have any problems.

Old timer trick...
If you have a chicken killer, wait till they do it and immediately tie the dead chicken around their neck until it rots off or you can't take it anylonger. Cures them every time.
It's really gross though.

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post #162 of 1037 Old 06-20-2012, 06:40 PM
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The dog I have now is a little bit afraid of chickens. There is no way that she is going to bother them. The biggest issue that we have had is that the neighbor's chickens come over and take our dog's food away. This is an 80 pound hound dog. My dog that I lost about a year ago was planning on chasing the chickens when he first saw them. I scolded him once and that was the end of it. I think it depends on the dog.

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post #163 of 1037 Old 06-20-2012, 07:54 PM
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That's how I was thinking of it. Just worried about when no one is home, because the big dogs live outside, and while the Aussie (mother of the other 2 half Aussies) keeps every dog in line, they do have their own little pack mentality. So I'd be worried. I'm going to think about it more. Thanks for all the advice! I'd feel horrible if anything did happen, so I'll think about it more and go from there :)
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post #164 of 1037 Old 06-20-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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We have a kennel for ours when we're gone. I wouldn't trust them 1,000%, LOL!

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post #165 of 1037 Old 06-20-2012, 11:22 PM
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So I get home tonight and on CL there is someone getting rid of 13 keets.... They better not be lavender, purple or blue....

Another guinea question. Are they smarter/better at taking care of themselves in regards to coyotes? Are they more aggressive than chickens?
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post #166 of 1037 Old 06-21-2012, 12:39 AM
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No idea... never had guineas. I'd like some though.

I was given a free coop tonight, I was suckered into 4 polish and 1 frizzle banties a while ago and I'm thinking about putting those 5 in the small coop so there's plenty of room in the big coop for the 11 standard chickens.

Saturday the same guy is giving me a BIG free coop, thinking about getting turkeys for that one. Never had turkeys before though.
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post #167 of 1037 Old 06-21-2012, 01:10 AM
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I'm late to this party and am not going to read through 17 pages of posts just now (I'm ready for bed!) but here are our feathered friends, Barney and Rhoda. Rhoda is about 6yrs old and still gives us an egg most days. Barney is about 4 I think. He is our second rooster, our first, Fred, hated me with a passion and even me defending myself a couple of times with excessive force did not stop him from attacking me on a daily basis. The day he left a 5 inch long gash on my stomach is the day before he went into the freezer. Barney is MUCH nicer, we adore him! When my husband and I got together in 2007, he had 17 hens and Fred. Over the years between canine mishaps and selective culling we settle on 6 hens that we liked. Unfortunately last year we had a predator attack and lost all but Barney and Rhoda. We hope to add back to our flock at some point.

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post #168 of 1037 Old 06-22-2012, 09:28 PM
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Well, much to the hubby's annoyance, 6 chicks came home with me tonight.

2 Silkies, 2 Frizzles and 2 De'uncle (or something like that she said). They look awful. Small, thin, scraggly and half of them have completely naked butts. They belong to my friend, she had them locked in her big coop in a plastic bin with her other chickens who kept breaking into the bin and it was WAY too hot in there I think. She wanted me to put them in with the Frizzle and Australorp I have in my garage (same age) but one look at them and while I did take them, they are NOT with my fat, fuzzy, happy babies.

They are eating, drinking and look a lot perkier, I put them in a box 10x the size of the tiny bin they were jammed in and they went crazy playing in the shavings. So hopefully they'll be ok.
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Pretty birds. I hope the little chicks continue to get stronger and grow into healthy birds.
I always thought frizzles were interesting, but alas, they wouldn't last here too long as I need hardy birds to survive the cold winters.
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post #170 of 1037 Old 06-23-2012, 12:20 AM
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I have a fully insulated and heated coop. Seems to work well, my girls lay all through Winter but they do refuse to leave the coop when it's lower than 5 degrees out.

Lil chickies seem ok, couple had severe pasty butt so they very unwillingly got a bath. They're eating and drinking ok, they're all passed out in a pile, they were so happy to have room to run around berserk.
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