Border Collies and Poultry?
Posted 07 July 2006 - 07:59 PM
Posted 08 July 2006 - 02:04 AM
I have everything but the guineas - all free range. But I don't have nearly the number of birds you do (~ 2 dozen ducks, 18 chickens, 1 turkey, geese, swans). We live by a fairly busy country road and I use my dogs to move the poulty away from the road. I also use them to help me catch injured birds and to move the poutry into the barn (when necessary). IOW, I find the dogs useful in managing my small flock(s).
But -- quite a few people on the list have problems with their dogs chasing/killing poultry, so unless you're willing to take the time choosing and training a dog, you may be disappointed.
Posted 08 July 2006 - 03:32 AM
A few years ago, I sold a year old border collie to a farm with free range chickens. She was dependable here, and stayed safe for their chickens.
Your odds are about 5% that a dog could be depended on to leave the birds alone. If you choose a dog, remember what could happen, and know what would be your plans should the dog be a bird happy natural. Big fences.
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