My old, (16) kelpie/heeler cross has started to poo on or near the chook food. Recently we have been letting the chooks into the vege garden to scratch around and fertilise for us but the dog has been getting in and eating their scraps and then pooing right on top of the scraps or the layer pellets! The garden is well fenced and the door blocked so the chooks can come and go but not the dog, but he finds a way! How can I persuade him that this is not the ideal situation! The chooks are free ranging in the yard and the dog is well loved and seemingly gets lots of attention from us but this is getting out of control. He will now even eat lettuce leaves and tomato that he previously turned his nose up at just so he is not missing out on something. We give him a share of whatever they are having but he muscles them out of the way and eats theirs too!
I know this must be a territorial thing for him but it is driving me nuts as we can't just give the chooks some scraps to eat without watching over them. He even has spent a day stuck in the chook house while we were at work because of this unsatiable desire! Also he gobbles up any chook poop too! I know this is fairly normal but pretty disgusting for us :-)
I would appreciate any ideas or tactics I could use to stop or decrease this behavior because we are at the point of getting rid of the chooks but don't really want too.