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    Default The gang and our new fort knox chicken house!

    Well, since we unexpectedly have aquired some lovely little hens, we have found that 2 of our cavies have decided ..by hook, or , by crook they are going to eat those chooks!!!

    I have applied many tactics over the last month in an attempt to lesson there desire for fresh chickens to no avail.
    I have tried, walking them on leash (one at a time) around the yard for a few hours everyday, taking there attention from the chickens with praise and treats when they focus on me...didnt work after 2 weeks...not even close.

    I have tried growling, leave it, wtf are doing you ADHD crazy nutter, and the hose...didnt work.

    They have changed from sweet loving well behaved sweethearts into just crazy, single minded, not listening, badly behaved, digging freaks when they see the chickens.

    So we decided to give up and build a fort knox u beaut chicken run to keep them totally seperate, while still letting the dogs have full run of both yards.

    It's only half finished, still have to get the chicken house and the gate, and we have buried wire around 2 feet down underground to stop them digging in...and will be putting wire in the top half.
    And as you can see the dogs didnt help us very much, but were very cute anyway.

    chook pen.jpgdogs in the wheel barrow 17.06.2012.jpgdogs wheelbarrow 17.06.2012.jpgmaisie asleep building the chicken coop 17.06 2012.jpghayley maise 17.06.2012.jpg
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    And then a well earned coffee and a swim afterwards.....

    all four dogs coffee time.jpgall four swimtime.jpg
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    We gave up on Mojo and the guinea pigs too. I think they actually enjoy him bouncing around thier cage every few hours. Keeps them all entertained a bit.

    Thats one hell of a coop. If the little fellas can get through that thier doing well.
    I didnt realise you had so many. My wife is starting to talk about getting another dog but she will only consider somthing small like a Shitzu or maltese, 2 breeds i'm not a fan off so i'm doing my best to persuade her to consider a Cavvy.

    Hopefully the novelty of the chickies wears of soon and they all live in peace.
    I like those coffee's too


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    Thats one wheelbarrow full of cute right there! haha great pictures! Your chickens are going to be happy they won't become dinner

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    Omg, Mojo and a guinni pigs...lmao i am recalling visions of the remote

    Yeah, talk your wife into a cavie, they were once described as having a big dog temperment in a little dogs body.
    I was always a fan of big dogs, still am, I would LOVE a mojo or a genevieve....but these guys just get you...whether you like it or not.

    The chook fort is not overkill, these guys dug a hole 2 feet deep into a small cage i'd had the chickens in the night before and the little fellow was trying to jump the fence (almost six feet) between him and the chickens, and just fell short by about 12 inches, so this fence had to be higher than that one, but now i look at it, i am wondering if he is going to be able to use the planks as a foot hold to get over it ...the fence is 6'5. the one he couldnt quite make is less than that but with no footholds....Hmmm

    Its really strange this obsession with the chickens, they have never dug holes before, never tried to dig or get out of the yard and never been obsessed with anything????
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    Tha's some chicken coop! If you're concerned about the doglets climbing the new coop, have you thought about making the bottom 2-3 feet a solid wall so the doglets can't actually see the walking lunch *cough* chickens? Maybe out of sight will help ease their "I must eat you NOW" mania until they get more used to them being around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkest View Post
    Tha's some chicken coop! If you're concerned about the doglets climbing the new coop, have you thought about making the bottom 2-3 feet a solid wall so the doglets can't actually see the walking lunch *cough* chickens? Maybe out of sight will help ease their "I must eat you NOW" mania until they get more used to them being around?
    Great minds think alike, we have made the bottom 3 feet or so solid to stop them from seeing through so easily, then left gaps in the rest for air circulation, so will let you know in a few weeks whether they are lunch #cough# comfortable in their new home
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    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!

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    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
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    We have ducks, geese and guinea fowl wondering loose and have taught all eight furkids - no touch. Have to watch the 6 month old still but very happily wonders through the night time enclosure (fox proof) with the guinea fowl chicks, but is wary of the big scary ducks and geese.
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