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Collie Dog and Chickens

Are collie dogs good with chickens?
Is it possible to train them to protect or is the prey drive too high?
None of us ever kept this breed in the family before so no idea.
How much would an 8 week old pup cost around Munster area these days?
Any advice much appreciated.

Cork Wyandotte
Thursday, July 1st, 2021

You should be fine with any breed of dog, if your getting a young pup. Pup will soon get used to the chickens and pass no remarks after a while. An older pup or full grown dog would be a different story.

nedzer
Thursday, July 1st, 2021

You cant train them to protect,they make good alert guard dogs and an all round jack of all trades but they are hearding dogs.

paddycrawford
Thursday, July 1st, 2021

I think most dogs have a prey drive when it comes to chickens, my two oafs(basset hounds)would chase and maul a chicken if they got the chance(wouldn't do it if we were supervising them). I've also had a St. Bernard who loved to chase them too.
Occasionally I've had chickens over the wall next door and there dog has very nearly killed them but for the neighbours intervention.... Just there natural instinct I think.

vmulvany
Friday, July 2nd, 2021

I think the safest dog around hens is the Jack Russell. Their natural instinct to kill the rats that invariably gather is a real bonus too. I would imagine that a collie nature would be to round them all up!

Joseph lawler
Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Thanks all.
Yeah I'm looking at rating breeds like cairn terrier too, but maybe after researching, all terriers seem to be good ratters

Cork Wyandotte
Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Get a mongeral of a collie x terrier or collie x gundog, something like that should fit in around a yard with fowl.

paddycrawford
Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Yeah that would be ideal if he has the right temperament

Cork Wyandotte
Saturday, July 3rd, 2021

From experience avoid a gun dog. We used to have a Springer and a Springer/ collie cross. Their nature is to fetch and carry and that they did very well! No amount of screaming (my part) would persuade them to let go. Nature is stronger than upbringing.

Joseph lawler
Saturday, July 3rd, 2021

Thanks Joseph

Cork Wyandotte
Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Jack Russell's and most types if terriers will kill your hens no problem.I have a Collie and a Sheltie and they round up the hens for me and provide as excellent protection for the hens .Alsation also not a good breed with them or any Spaniel or gun dogs.

Green Rooster
Monday, July 12th, 2021

Thanks Green Rooster.
I'm leaning towards a collie but prices have skyrocketed.
Maybe in time.

Cork Wyandotte
Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Was talking to a friend last night and apparently the rescues and pounds are filling up again due to people returning to work and or getting tired of the covid puppies they bought that drove prices mental.

Green Rooster
Monday, July 26th, 2021

A dog is for life. How short shallow minded are people these days grrr

Cork Wyandotte
Friday, July 30th, 2021


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