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    Your gang is so cute, Cav! I hope they will settle down now the chooks are barricaded in their fort.

    Strangely enough, my previous dog who would chase anything with fur or feathers that was smaller than her, never touched the chooks at the one place we lived where they had them. Maybe that was because the resident dog was already used to them? Or maybe she just got used to them while they were behind wire (she wasn't a digger at all) and then accepted them as part of the decor when they were finally let out to forage. There may be hope yet.

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    I have ducks and my pup sometimes will chase them, and nip at their feathers, but he's also a bit wary of them as he's been pecked a few times. He's only really interested in chasing them if they start to run away from him. I let him chew their moulted feathers though, maybe that doesn't help, lol. The ducks are bigger than him anyway and I'm not too worried about leaving them alone together, most of the time the ducks stand their ground when he approaches anyway. Good luck with the chooks! It'll be good to have somewhere nice and safe for them anyway, even if your dogs do get used to them, I'm sure there's plenty of other things that would want to eat them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    OMG! You are wearing shorts!! And a singlet even!! .... Did I mention that after I move into Newfs I'll be dropping by for a holiday ( happy to stay in chook mansion)

    I'm just totally sucked in with the little tri coloured doglet....just gorgeous
    That is my daughter wearing the shorts and I was the cameraman, and yes, it was a really warm weekend. Now you have me in a dilemma...I have found a good sized chook mansion on ebay and now will have to cancel the order and order a bit bigger for you and your family.....Hehehehehe. See you at Newfs chops...i will be moving in there as well

    The larger tri is my girl, the smaller one is my little man, he is the one that shown amazing jumping abilities to get to the chooks I never knew knew he had in him and the other tri girl is the one who has become totally obsessed with them and even dug a huge hole into there day cage.

    I really dont think I am going to get them over this, hence the chook mansion. Hmmmm, I wonder how a moat would look
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    we once went on holiday, in the paddock next to the lovely cottage we rented was a donkey. Our then dog aggressive rottie decided it was time for the donkey to die.
    A week of hellish training. But by day 5, twas done.

    I love the photo of the wheelbarrow, i reckon they look so cute!
    Thats a great story...would you have trusted your Rotti alone with the donkey after the training? That is my dillemma!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Your gang is so cute, Cav! I hope they will settle down now the chooks are barricaded in their fort.

    Strangely enough, my previous dog who would chase anything with fur or feathers that was smaller than her, never touched the chooks at the one place we lived where they had them. Maybe that was because the resident dog was already used to them? Or maybe she just got used to them while they were behind wire (she wasn't a digger at all) and then accepted them as part of the decor when they were finally let out to forage. There may be hope yet.
    I am really hopeful they will at least just settle down and get used to them being being in the pen. It has quite suprised me these 2 are so totally focused on them, even go crazy if they smell where they have been. I have seen MANY ADS for people rehoming cavaliers and everyone said NO CHOOKS, so im wondering if it is some inherent trait within the breed, as they always chase birds and bush turkeys from the yards. There level of determination to get them makes me wonder if they will find a way in anyway, despite all the dog proof measures.
    So we will try putting the chooks in there when its finished to get the smell in there and watch them to see if they can get in, I really dont want theses little hens to become lunch
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    Love the photos Cav, it's great to live on the sunny coast during winter with the water temp still a warm 24d.
    Good luck with the chooks my money is on the dogs lol.

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    I never trusted my rottie in any situation, ever! lol
    He was a mess when we got him, steady as a rock when being handled by me, or if i was around. Outside of that. Never.

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    LOL...That is a chook palace.

    Some dogs are best just kept separate forever. I have one our of four...Annabelle is not 100%, OK when we are with her and that is just due to counter conditioning. But she has flattened a duck, no kill or injury, when we have not been there.....I would never use a E-collar on her, because she would not cope after all the trauma in her past. So we have a system Newfies in , chickens/ducks out.

    I think it is quite natural in all dogs.....The ones taught from puppy are easy to train. Katy is terrified of geese, because as an 10 week old puppy , they chased her and terrified her forever. Annabelle "saved" her that time

    It is -2 degrees here today....No short here today, but Katy still goes for swims in our dam and goes on to the grooming table after tha by herself to be blown dry......Who has trained who?
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    I think your right Newfie, unless conditioned from a pup, some breeds will never be chook friendly, the same as some dogs as adults never get used to a new cat.

    My pitt x something came to us as a puppy when we had chickens and we never even allowed her to look at them from day 1, and she was great...even though i could always see in her eyes she just wanted a "taste", she never touched them and even was left alone with them through the day.
    I cant believe Katy is swimming in that cold, did you forget to tell her how cold it is..?

    It was really warm and sunny here again today , but just heard the southern states are in for a freezing few days with very high freezing winds....stay warm all, keep the poppets inside and drive extra carefully...not nice and will be thinking of you!
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    Hey Cav, hate to tell you this, but one of your chooks has gotten out. I got home last night and it was roosting on my door step, with pohm and bernie just watching it lol

    Goodness knows where this bird is from. I think its taken off, and been caught by the gales we had last night and ended up in my dog pound. (seriously, this could of been messy with no supervision)

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