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    Default i'm done with chickens

    Hi all,
    just like to report that Serena and Bruno managed to kill my latest flock of 6 chickens that I had reared in place of the previous chickens they killed a few months ago. This time I had fortified my pen, re-did and replaced all the old wire with new chicken wire and I buried a layer of wire 40 cm into the ground and pegged before back filling.

    Got home to find that Serena and/or Bruno had actually "eaten' through the wire with their teeth to make a hole big enough to get at the chickens.

    So upset because I thought I had done enough to stop the dogs from killing my chicken. Not sure if I will bother with chickens again. Its a shame because I love fresh home grown eggs and chickens are a good stress relief.

    I will probably return the chook shed back into its original aviary for my finches.

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    I am sorry. I also nce had a dog that did this so I didn't have anymore either.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Sorry to hear that. I was really interested how you went with your chook fortress because I have the same problem. Nero is obsessed and he is the reason we don't have any. So I guess this wont change...

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    I'm so sorry

    I guess that means I'm luckier than I realise.... Dodge only herds chickens, never hurts them. And Koda isn't bothered by them at all, he'll happily sniff them face to face, and every morning he howls along with them while they're doing their egg songs.

    I've heard a lot of American people say that chicken wire is useless over there because raccoons break right through it. They say to use what they call 'Hardware Cloth'... I just call it wire with small holes

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    Electric fencing, strong, and several strands. Get through that.
    http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c11/Mali_nut/K9LOGO.jpg

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    I reckon.

    At least if they eat their way into the finch cage, finches aren't so easy to catch.

    Or you could try cassowaries - they can give as good as they get. Or geese - tho the neighbours might not be so keen...

    But I agree with Nekhbet. Need to make an outer fence and wire it up. That will take all the fun out of trying to break in.

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    Both my dogs know where all the electric fences on the farm are, one zap and they learn never to go near them again! Ours aren't that strong, I've been zapped many times, it hurts a bit but quickly wears off, I'd say its more the fact that its unexpected that makes them freak out.

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    I've been zapped a bit.

    Most recently by something designed to repel sharks. Similar to touching electric tape fence (designed to keep horses in). Or a combination of being flicked with a towel by a sadistic brother and getting tin foil on your teeth. Doesn't hurt long term but well worth avoiding.

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    We have chickens and dogs that would chase the chickens if out together.... It always seems to be our new rescues that love the chase, so we have gone electric "spider-web" where the chickes are. I have managed to train a couple of mine not to touch the chickens when i am out withthem, but i would never trust them if i was not there. the chase is too much fun. But they hate the electric fence. I has also taught one of our rescues not to wander. he wandered withe previous owner, with us he has learned that all fences bite as ours are all top wired electric to keep our horses from pushing into the garden. With mesh under it........One zap and they think all fences zap. i hate hitting the fence myself (quite often), but it is no major problem.
    Pets are forever

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    so we have gone electric "spider-web" where the chickes are
    what is electric "spider-web" - is that like the tape fence but lots of it everywhere? Think I need a photo

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