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How to Keep dogs away from chicken scraps

Zareba K9 electric fence unit field report one year later

It's been almost a year since we installed the Zereba K9 pet, lawn, and garden electric fence controller and we couldn't be happier with the results.

First off I should say that it only took Lucy about 10 minutes to learn when we first got chickens that all poultry on the farm belonged to us and she was to never even try to eat a chicken.

Lucy ready for a walkFood scraps in the new pasture was another issue. She kept being a bad girl, and I tried to plead with her and build a better fence, but she was better at breaking in.

And then one day I saw the Zereba K9 electric solution at a local hardware store and dared to dream that this could send the clear message that I was unable to articulate.

It only took her one shock to realize any food scraps near the chickens were out of bounds. We moved the flock to another pasture but did not need to install the K9 this time as Lucy had clearly learned to keep a respectable distance.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I was really surprised that we didn't need to retrain her when we moved the chickens across the yard to a whole new spot. I didn't think dogs were supposed to be able to make that kind of leap from "this spot is off limits" to "any spot around a chicken is off limits." I guess Lucy's smarter than I give her credit for!
Comment by anna Sun May 8 15:44:59 2011

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