Mysterious chick loses

Chic Rustler

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new brooder done. chicks were supposed to have shipped today. hopefully all goes well. the hateful 8 are still in the rabbit cage
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more chicks came in. no more losses in the brooder yet. we have had some heavy loses in the grow out pen. the 8 i put out there have dropped to two. seems our new dog and possibly a small wild animal are to blame. working with the dog and working in the grow out pen. its tough but im not gonna lose.
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Predatory behavior cannot be suppressed, it must be redirected. The need to express predatory behavior must be met in an acceptable way.

Redirection is very effective - just think of how border collies arrest predatory behavior sequence at eye or stalk, or how catch dogs stop the predatory sequence at grab-bite.

Punishment just makes them avoid *getting caught.* There's a great little book on predation substitute training called Hunting Together by Simone Mueller. It works!
 
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