“How do you keep dogs from attacking our neighbors’ chickens? We have an electric fence but sometimes it doesn’t work!”
Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear from a chicken owner that has lost a chicken to a predator. I always say that there will always be something that will love your chickens more than you! This question however has a little twist. They seem to be concerned about their own dog attacking their neighbors chickens. As a multi-pet owner myself I’m a big advocate of responsible pet ownership. So, even with an electric fence you need to do more to keep your dogs secure in your yard. Same however goes for the chicken owner. If their chickens wander into your yard they are fair game (no pun intended) for your dogs. Many people including myself have dogs and chickens, and they get along just fine. Whenever you add a new animal to an existing group you must slowly introduce them to each other over time. When we adopted our last dog MaryAnn from a rescue group we had to do the same. Over a period of about three days we slowly introduced her to the chickens in the backyard. Whenever she wanted to play too rough, or chase the chickens we immediately told her “NO”! This worked very well, and only took a couple of days. Now all of our animals get along great, and basically ignore each other. This method may not always work for everyone, but has worked very well for many chicken owners. If your neighbors are willing to spend some time with you and your dog it would benefit everyone. Good luck!
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