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Domestic dogs

Dogs are a very real predator threat to chickens based on their sheer numbers alone. In many cases, they are a family pet or living in the neighborhood. They have easy access to chickens from their familiarity, ability to scale a fence, and chances of finding a property or garden open. A sturdy perimeter fence goes a long way in keeping dogs out and away from your chickens.

The subject of domestic dogs and chickens is a tricky topic. Not all dogs are predators of chickens. Some dogs share a garden and are totally comfortable with free-range chickens. They’re happy to guard their family’s chickens from any intruders.

Dogs usually chase and roughhouse chickens, either shaking them and breaking their necks or chasing them into danger. Dogs don’t really kill chickens for food, but more for the chase. Dogs as predators leave a big mess of feathers, sometimes blood, and deep puncture marks in a chicken’s body. Dogs can pick up a dead chicken and take it to another yard or spot, or discard it where it was killed.

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