Ask the Expert — April/May 2016

Ask the Expert — April/May 2016
Can Dogs and Chickens Be Friends? I would appreciate your advice of what species of poultry that I might consider acquiring in order to have the meanest type. I have a two-year-old Blue Heeler and she has killed several chickens. Are turkeys or guineas more defensive, or is it a losing situation to think that a dog would stop attacking any poultry species once they have killed one? — Les Storhaug *********** Hi Les,Well, we would suggest an ostrich. That might scare off the dog, but we doubt that’s going to be your best solution. Ultimately, we would suggest adding a fence to separate your dog and chickens. You are correct in your assumption that once dogs discover a taste for chickens, it is hard to ever be sure when that instinct will or will not return. So, our suggestion is to keep them apart at all times. Blue Heelers

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