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Aussies And Chickens?

by Adam
(Stanley, North Dakota, USA)

I'm getting my first Aussie this weekend, it's a female that is 8 wks old. I also have 5 chickens, and I will be getting more soon. My question is, can I teach an Aussie to guard the chickens? I'll let her see the chickens very often. Will she kill one when she gets bigger? I don't really want to risk it because I lost a chicken to a Brittney Spaniel, but Brittney's are hunting dogs.

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by: Anonymous

No, she'll be fine, if you teach her patiently what it is you want her to do. remember, Aussies, are herding dogs, so she will love the job! And they aim to please us, so you 'll be fine.

by: Debbie

I have an aussie who is a female and is 7 mo old now. There are 2 cats in my house and no matter what she chases them. They hate her but they are quicker then her so far. I tell her no and then she stares holes in them. Good luck with the chickens. I am guessing because they are so smart that if you train it with the chickens it will be ok. They are herders after all. I love mine. Good luck.

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by: Mike Dean

I imagine she'll heard them regardless to some point. Don't see a problem, especially if they're introduced when still a pup. We have 4 cats, none of which are "normal" breeds and all with different levels of attitudes. We brought our Aussie (Zoey) into the house and never looked back. I can tell her to go get whichever cat I want and she'll look the house over for that cat. She is best friends with our Siamese (Sully) and constantly herds him around the house, poor cat can't lay still but he puts up with it for some reason. They are partners in crime, Sully will literally jump onto our counters and knock food onto the floor for Zoey to eat. The other 3 are not as tolerable and Zoey knows it and will bother them as much, but if she's herding any of them I can just tell her "no" and she'll stop, at least for a little while.

can't be to sure
by: Anonymous

Today our 2 year old Aussie dug under the chicken coop and killed 3 chicks. The older chickens got away and went inside the coop. He has been very good with them until today. I would be very careful they are still dogs no matter how smart they are.

aussie and chickens
by: Anonymous

My shepard Jake, is 12 weeks and got one of my chickens this morning, he has been around them since we brought him home at 6weeks. I guess I had a false sense of security, I didn't know he would kill and try to eat her.

chance of killing chickens
by: Anonymous

I have a year old Aussie and he's killed 2 of my brother in laws chicken. Mind you we live on 3000 acre farm and the chickens are about 3/4 miles away. He plays with my outside and inside cats no problem. Just something about chickens.

My Aussie killed my favorite hen. Will she kill again
by: Anonymous

I have a 10 month Aussie. She been pretty good up until last night. She killed my only blue French Copper hen. I'm so heartbroken. This hen was so docile & followed me every where even inside. My other Aussie is good. How can I assure this won't happen again?

Killing Chickens
by: Help

My 6 month Aussie puppy has been killing my hens. He has killed at least four (that I know of). He doesen't eat them he just rips them apart like they are toys. I got him when he was 6 weeks old and he has been fine with my hens up until this past month. I try to discipline him, I yell at him and tell him no and then lock him up in his pen, but it doesn't seem to do any good. Recently he killed one of my newer hens, I threw the carcass out in to the woods and I few days later I find him with the head of the hen in his mouth. What do I do? He needs to stop killing my hens.

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