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    DefaultChicken and Labs ..do they get along?

    I'm thinking of getting a couple of chickens for the yard. Because I live in the city I'm allowed to have 4 chickens. The reason I'm getting the chickens is to have some fresh eggs and to eat the grass in the yard - main reason.

    Do you think Cassie will chase them or they'll get along together? Cassie eats flies, butterflies, ants, and anything that moves.. Will she "eat" the chickens too?
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    It really depends on the dog. My girls would both probably kill them, simply because they want to play with them. You do know that chickens require more than just turning them loose to eat grass right?
    Have you ever had chickens?


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    No I haven't.. Any advice and guidance appreciated!




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    Chickens don't eat grass. They eat chicken feed and bugs.

    There is a very good chance your pup will hurt them, on purpose or not, so they should NEVER be left unattended together!
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    I wouldn't let the dog and the chickens running loose together, not for a long while. The chickens should have their own coop and safe place for the dog. with time your pup MAY be ok to be loose with them but I wouldn't count on it. And yes she could eat their poop and their feed.
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    Forrest was the sweetest, kindest, gentlest dog I even met- but he was death on chickens if they ran. We had a small flock back in PA. Bob the JRT would chase them around the front of the barn, and Forrest would lie in wait by the back door- when the chicken ran in he would grab it and squeeze- no more chicken. It would happen so fast we couldn't even get a NO out before they'd tag-team a rooster. It was always the roosters that got grabbed, I think the hens were smarter and flew, not ran. And we had plenty of roosters....

    Forrest and his dad Sammy tag-teamed a peacock once, too - literally just ran him over. I don't think they MEANT to kill him, but they did.

    I wouldn't let Cassie play with the chickens. Besides, if they're stressed they won't lay.
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    I've had chickens but kept them in a run attached to their coop. When Duke was a pup, he definitely would have chased them. After maturing, he was quiet around them, BUT, I never let them free range with him.
    Chickens do need feed and a lot more care than just turning loose in your yard. Yes, they WILL eat grass if there's nothing else available, but to stay healthy and produce eggs they'll need more. Do you have a shelter of some sort? How about shade for hot weather? They will also need clean, cool fresh water at all times.
    Tanya is right about dogs eating the chicken poop too. Not good!

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    Ummmmmm, fresh chicken poop, it's a hot lunch program!


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    Well... After reading all your posts I don't see any chickens coming in my yard..

    Thank you all..




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    Check out Backyard Chickens lots of good info there about keeping chickens in small areas. We have chickens and they do free range at times. To produce eggs they will need a laying food,fresh green stuff such as grass or veggies a place to nest and a area to be secure in during the night. My dogs have yet to kill even one of our chickens and we have 9 of them. They will however snatch and egg and eat it if I don't pay attention.

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