by Rebecca Nickols
A few common concerns of first time chicken owners (who have a dog as a pet) are:
"How will the dog react to the chickens?"
"Should I keep the chickens and dog(s) separated?"
"What breed of dogs is best to keep around chickens?"
I think that there are some breeds that are know for a calmer disposition and,of course, there are some breeds that have a reputation for aggression. Should you allow your pit bull around your hens? Probably not... That said, no matter what the breed, the temperament of the dog is probably more important.
Most folks know the personality of their dog and have a pretty good idea of what its first reaction to the birds will be, but always play it safe. The first introduction should be the dog viewing the chickens--while they are safe in a predator proof run. If the dog goes crazy barking and growling, then you can imagine what the outcome would be if the chickens were not safely secured. Gradually over time, the dog might accept (or even protect) the flock, but never leave them alone together until you are confident of your dog's behavior and attitude toward the chickens.
We talk a lot about treats we give our chickens, but here's a chicken treat your dog will love!
This dog treat recipe calls for a couple of eggs from your hens and some left over pumpkin from the fall harvest. And thanks to the perfect chicken shaped cookie cutter form CopperGifts.com, these treats are guaranteed to be a chicken your dog will love!
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 fresh eggs ♥
2/3 cup pureed pumpkin, either canned or fresh
3 tablespoons peanut butter
Now here's the good part! I'll send one of our readers a gift bag filled with these nutritious and delicious (according to Buddy and Sugar) chicken dog treats and a chicken shaped cookie cutter from CopperGifts.com.
To enter the random drawing for the gift, leave your email address and a comment below mentioning something about your experience with dogs and chickens. Also, please include any advice, tips or suggestions! In two weeks I'll contact the winner and send the gift bag their way!
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The above recipe originally appeared on the site: Dessert First.
One last point to make...
An older dog is much calmer than a rambunctious puppy. My border collies are now ten years old and as the photo below suggests... Sometimes it just isn't worth the chase!