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What animals protect chickens?

Discussion in 'Chickens' started by TXFarmGirl, May 13, 2019.

  1. May 13, 2019
    TXFarmGirl

    TXFarmGirl Overrun with beasties

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    We are having predator problems...hawks and foxes are getting our chickens. Barn and fencing isn't the problem. We are wandering what animal(s) we should get to protect them? LGD isn't an option. Thanks!
     
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    Alaskan

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    Why not an LGD?

    I can't think what else would keep fox away, those sure can be smart and crazy bold.

    For hawks.... if it is just smaller hawks, a flock of geese might work. Eagles though will take out geese.
     
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    TXFarmGirl

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    Hmmm, ok. Thanks.

    We don't have enough time to train a LGD puppy for 2 years, and continue loosing chickens to it and the predator during that time.
     
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    Baymule

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    Look at the dog rescue sites and Craigslist. Sometimes there are good dogs that are available because of their owners moving, sickness, etc.
     
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    AmberLops

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    A donkey?
     
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    Bruce

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    Most likely the hawks will require overhead netting. I have also heard that donkeys hate canines and will attack a fox. I have no personal knowledge though.

    However, proper fencing should keep foxes out, especially if there is some hot wire over the top.
     
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    Hawks will avoid owls, we have ordered several that there heads move with the breeze, but we have seen them at lowes. Several neighbors have them and they say it works around here. And we have lots of hawks !
     
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    And of course...a Colt.
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    :D =D

    (so says :old the "Trigger Happy Cowboy")
     
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    frustratedearthmother

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    Only problem with those suggestions is that they might keep the other predators away - but there wouldn't be any chickens left to protect, lol. I think the "Trigger Happy Cowboy" is the best predator deterrent! :)
     
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    AmberLops

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    I've done a little research and it seems that donkeys (standard and mini) will protect chickens after they bond with them....And they definitely do kill coyotes/foxes :)
     
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