rosefarm Posted August 4, 2007 Report Share Posted August 4, 2007 I've had chickens for about 6 years now, I used to free range them, for around 4 years, then the foxes found us and I had to put a stop to that. We built a large coop and I would try and let them range for an hour before dusk once in a while. I had a hope that one day Lily could be trusted around chickens, and tried to aquaint them, but she had so much prey drive, I didn't have much hope. She's already killed at least 1 squirrel and if you can believe 3 raccoons when we let her out in the morning. (Thank God she wasn't hurt in that instance) So my thought was, well, I don't think she'll be able to be trusted because she's such a hunter, I still tried the conditioning though. I would sit with her on leash while I let them out, she would be in "down mode". Well this morning the chickens revolted and escaped so they are free ranging for the day. I decided well, let's see how she does. They were walking around her on all sides and she was relaxed and layed down on her own. I took her off the leash, she obeyed everything and stayed calm and passive. I took a chicken and let her smell it and placed it on the ground in front of her and it walked off, nothing. Right now she is in her favorite shady spot, while the chickens run about I don't trust her without supervision yet, but this means that my chickens might have a ranging future, if Lily can be trusted because she has driven the predators away. Wow, just wow. What a great dog! --Denise Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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