I have an 8 year old OES that is a beloved family pet. We had the chance to get 2 pups from the same line but mixed with Husky so we got them. The problem is that the puppies are so crazy, they run together chasing, fighting, barking, destroying everything in their path. They bother our older dog sometimes and he puts them in their place.
the problem is that with all the running and chasing going on they have killed 3 of my hens. I cannot tolerate it, that's how I make a living from breeding the chickens. They killed my prize rooster that was rare and now impossible to replace. I don't know what to do. I do not/will not pen up my chickens and I do not want to pen the dogs, I would rather re-home them. They are about 4 months old. Our older OES never ever chased the chickens but now it's a game for them all. They do not want to eat them they just play and toss them around torturing the poor hens to a slow painful death. We are on 3 acres so there should be enough room for everyone to get along.
It would be real easy to just get rid of the pups, but I believe that would be the irresponsible way out. Any puppy is going to chase free range chickens, and if big enough of course they'll kill them, especially when there's 2 of them. You have 3 acres there, more than enough for you to keep your chickens free range and more than enough to seperate the dogs from them. Take the dogs to obedience, and start training them, and protect your chickens by making a fenced off pen with a house for them inside it.
I agree with pen, make a fenced area for one or the other. If you don't want to pen up your chickens, then pen up the dogs. Teach them obediance. dont let them run around where they can get the chickens, keep them leashed. Chickens are a natural food source for dogs. I find it funny you didn't put any thought in to getting the puppies, and now your blaming them. If you decide to give them up, then don't get any more pups please. Puppies are babies they have to be taught things, a child doesn't know right from wrong until it is taught. Same with a puppy. Personally I would have never gotten a huskey mix to be around chickens. They are very livly to begin with, and breed to be able to think and be on their own.
The pups should be taught and contained or rehomed. Sorry for your losses but I find it hard to gather much sympathy for your dilemma. Why would you even have a rare, irreplaceable rooster and not keep it contained and protected? Why would you expect dogs mixed with husky to act anything like an OES? Huskies were not bred to protect livestock or even to be kept around livestock. It is irresponsible of any pet owner - whether of chickens or dogs - to allow their animals to run loose and unprotected and when an accident happens to continue to refuse to contain them.
My husband had a dog kill chickens and I can tell you what he did .When he had ,had enough of the chicken killing ( after 2 chickens) he took the death chicken gave the dog a few hits with it. Then tie the death chicken right onto the dogs collar and kept the death chicken tie to the dog for the day