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    Hi there, just wanting to get some opinions, we are currently thinking about getting a few hens to add to the family. But the only concern is we have a 5 year old husky. We managed to train her to leave the cats alone, but not sure about chooks. The chickens would be kept in a run but we are not sure how to teach her to not torment them through the wire. Has anyone succesfully got their husky to live with chickens? And would a shock collar work, never tried one?

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    Who knows how the dog would go with the chooks. Personally I would not be tempting fate unless you could supervise adequately. I did not have chooks or outside birds as my then border collie would rip a cage apart to get at them as he unfortunately did on a farm that my ex and I lived on near the main house. Even when I moved and married a farmer I just didn't take the chance as my kids were only about 4 and 9 at the time and I felt I would not be able to fully supervise the dog. This dog also never came inside after a while..his choice totally.

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    Hi,
    we have never had chickens so we haven't had a need to train our 3 Huskies to stay clear of them, so they see them as feathery food on two legs. However, we have used a shock collar on one of our boys who is nearly 3, he got out a couple of times (and killed some neighbours chickens), for the life of me i can't remember what brand we used i will have a look when i get home, and it worked with him.

    The one we had came with wire that you placed wherever you need them stay clear of, in our case the whole fence line, and it connected back to a reciever which you could control the strength of the shock they would recieve. If you are going to go down the shock collar track then you will need to train her with the shock collar, most of them of come with flags to place near the wire, so you can train them to stay away from the wires/flags and once they hear the first beeps they need to walk away or else they get shocked (it is not a long shock, it goes for 10seconds and then cuts out). In our case we also had to work out why he was escaping and fix that also.

    The shock collar will only teach them to leave the chickens living area/coop alone, not so much the chickens themselves, which means if a chicken gets out or the husky gets in it is bye-bye chicken. Huskies have a high prey drive in a sense, though they will usually hunt something down to play with it as opposed to eating it. The difference between training a husky and training any other breed is that they are more stubborn and independent, so you have to be very consistent and strict with training or else they do what they want to do and think its all just a big game.

    I hope that helps, sorry if not, as i said, we have never had chickens with our 3 so we have never really had the need to train them to stay away from them, though i am sure it is possible and has been done.

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    Sammie Leigh, The system you are talking about is called an Invisible Fence. Most pet stores carry them or you may find one at your local rural supply store.

    They do work well for keeping some dogs within specific boundaries. I say some because I have heard of dogs that sort of hold there breath as it were, and sprint across the wire on the ground if the distraction tother side is big enough.

    You may find that you need to trim your dogs hair around where the collars probes are as Malamutes have vey thick fur.

    I would in any case recommend you run a length of galvanised weld mesh along the outside of the run and, if you can, concrete the bottom couple of inches into the ground. This will not only keep the dog out but also foxes and if you use a finer chicken mesh for the main fence, rats as well.
    Nev Allen
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    Theoretically a shock collar can be used to teach a dog to leave certain things alone like snakes.

    But they're not good things for beginners to try unsupervised - you can really confuse and traumatise your dog using one, and if it blames the chickens for its pain - it's just going to wait until you're not around and remove the source of its grief.

    In most states its illegal to put one on a dog. Including NSW and SA. In Victoria it's ok if you're under the supervision of an approved trainer.

    you might be able to get help teaching Husky to do what you want from Steve Courntey at k9pro.com.au - he's NSW based. He has a distance package for the shock collar. Personally I couldn't do that to my dog.

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    Huskies have high prey drive so I'd be building a VERY strong coop.

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    My Amstaff x killed two of the neighbour;s chooks that got into our yard...so yeah...good luck!!

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    Thanks for clearing that up Nev, wasn't too sure whether I was talking about the same thing.

    MAC is write, you will need to make the chicken coop stronger then fort Knox, huskies will dig under it, it comes with the territory of a husky.

    If you are seriously considering getting chooks, I would get a trainer in to work with you guys on training her to stay clear of them, And make the coop husky proof so they can't get under, over or through it.

    Our Brooklyn and halli have killed chickens next door, he lets them roam free in his yard, and the fence is falling on his side(we rent so we can't just fix it ourselves, we need landlord approval, but that's another story), and Brooklyn and Halli found a way through the fence and the free roaming chickens were roaming no more, needless to say after that we built our own fence line and anything getting in certainly isn't getting out and visa versa.

    Don't want to put you off getting chickens, they are great, but huskies and chickens are not a nice combo if they can access each other in any way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Theoretically a shock collar can be used to teach a dog to leave certain things alone like snakes.

    But they're not good things for beginners to try unsupervised - you can really confuse and traumatise your dog using one, and if it blames the chickens for its pain - it's just going to wait until you're not around and remove the source of its grief.

    In most states its illegal to put one on a dog. Including NSW and SA. In Victoria it's ok if you're under the supervision of an approved trainer.

    you might be able to get help teaching Husky to do what you want from Steve Courntey at k9pro.com.au - he's NSW based. He has a distance package for the shock collar. Personally I couldn't do that to my dog.
    Hyacynth, would you be able to hire a qualified trainer who could use these in Australia? And then come do a chicken training session at the home?

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    In Victoria - I think you can. Ask Nekhbet (send her a PM). I don't know if its something she'd do or approve of but she'd know the answer.

    I think there are always better ways.

    But they do take a lot of supervision and a very secure pen when you're not around - before the training is complete.

    My brothers SBT can't help herself. Just when he thought she'd grown out of it and lost interest - chickens and dog cruising the back yard happily together - she knocked them all off. And it's not the first time she's done it either. I don't know what starts it - two chooks having a fight or what but there's no chooks now.

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