Chickens Fresh manure and Bad dog
Finally got our 6 chickens and 1 rooster. Next day our very gentle, loving dog attacked a loose chicken and made us realize that our dreams of free ranging our chickens were over (at least for the forseeable future).
We also want to try (on our new, unplanted, plain ground) to grow vegetable and chickens as organically as possible.
1) If I get fresh cow manure from my neighbor as well as the chicken coop by products, can we just put it in the chicken yard for the chickens to scratch through, eat flys and just plain party in... or is that just too nasty? Then after the chickens and nature are finished, scoop up the ah..er...compost for our future vegetable and flower gardens?
2) Since the dog rabidly goes after the chickens, who for now are kept inside a shed,not going outside at all ..boo hoo, until spring when we can (try to ) secure their yards... is there hope for the dog to settle down? Should we use an electric collar to keep him away from the fences I feel he would tear down or dig under? We really like the dog, but are seriously fearful as to what he would do with Charlie and the remaining 5 angels.