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The kennel owners wife now has chickens. She put them in the pigeon coop barn. It has three dividers, so no problem. Several days ago one of the roosters escaped and has been struting around the training area and close to where I park. I have taught Hank to leave the rooster alone and he will. Shadow not so much.

Today when I arrived the hens were out along with three roosters.

I was running my last leg of pattern blinds. 170 yds. I noticed one rooster and four hens were hanging just behind the bumper pile 5-10 yds. I sent Hank he went to the pile, picked up a bumper and returned without fault.

Talk about a poison bird. Good boy Hank!
 

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Great way to train your dog to be focused Wayne. Nice job!!:)
 

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That's awesome! Now, did you train him to not bother chickens or does he just not care for them?
 

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We practiced on the rooster for a couple of days. When first arriving at the kennel and airing, each time he would start for the rooster I would tell him no. I didn't use any ecollar pressure.
 

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It could be good, could be bad. I was at a trial and the person running before me got a very live crippled flier. The duck was walking around in the AOF, very visible to the dog and everyone in the galllery. The dog acted like he didn't see it or care about it. When the handler finally got the dog back they said that there were "pet" ducks where they trained and the dog had been taught to ignore thm.

Hopefully it won't be a problem for you.
 

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Chickens are underrated as training birds. Watching a winger throw a live chicken with its feet tied is a thing of beauty. They land right where you want them, they don't carry like good flying birds, they scream like hell, and flap like hell. Priceless! Dogs Looove them, especially banty roosters. A banty can cure more problems than any other training bird or device I have found yet! Probably can create as many as they cure though but that's dog training :)
 

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That's awesome! Now, did you train him to not bother chickens or does he just not care for them?
It's only natural for them to be curious, but teaching them to not bother the chickens is my job. Knock on wood, but I can leave my dog alone with the chickens.

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It could be good, could be bad. I was at a trial and the person running before me got a very live crippled flier. The duck was walking around in the AOF, very visible to the dog and everyone in the galllery. The dog acted like he didn't see it or care about it. When the handler finally got the dog back they said that there were "pet" ducks where they trained and the dog had been taught to ignore thm.

Hopefully it won't be a problem for you.

This happened to me too. A pond where I train had a Momma goose and a bunch of goslings. I taught him to ignore them as he went for blinds and marks. I thought he was a genius.

Then came trial day. We got a walking squaking cripple flyer that he completely ignored.....


Be careful of what you are teaching him......
 

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get that wife to raise you some banty roosters if you want to let the dog have some real fun running blinds with a big reward at the end..
 

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Years ago when I trained with Jim Gonia some, we would use banty chickens when pigeons and ducks were scarce. Its been a long while but it seems to me they didn't hold up very well when used on marks.
 

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Chickens are underrated as training birds. Watching a winger throw a live chicken with its feet tied is a thing of beauty. They land right where you want them, they don't carry like good flying birds, they scream like hell, and flap like hell. Priceless! Dogs Looove them, especially banty roosters. A banty can cure more problems than any other training bird or device I have found yet! Probably can create as many as they cure though but that's dog training :)

now look who is giving away training secrets;-).....I still think the man that sells us the banty's in Idaho thinks we are cooking them for adobo:razz::razz:
 

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now look who is giving away training secrets;-).....I still think the man that sells us the banty's in Idaho thinks we are cooking them for adobo:razz::razz:
Maybe it's a Northwest thing?????
 

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I can't for the life of me find live pigeons/doves for training in my area. But there are chickens all over craigslist. Is this really an option? My 1 yr old BLF hasn't been introduced to birds yet (other than a couple crows that she wouldn't touch at all). I'm not really following a training program, as I really only want her to be a dove dog. Yes. I know I should get on a program...
 

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I would not want a pups first bird to be a live rooster.
yes folk do train with banties or regular laying hens
no pigeons at all? have you no parking garage or overpass or bridge you can go out with a 6-pack and net some?
were do the fellers in the retriever club you are in get birds?

edit- just looked at your location. a lot of retriever folk in your state


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Maybe it's a Northwest thing?????

very well could be, Mr McFall and John Luther used them in the 60's when they trained with Gonia Sr. in the NW, at least that's what they told me...
 
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