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What animals protect chickens?

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

  1. May 14, 2019
    Bunnylady

    Bunnylady Herd Master

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    If the fox is getting to the chickens, your fences are definitely part of the problem.

    My mini mule has tried to attack chickens (fortunately for them, they are quicker than she is), and has probably managed to connect with a couple of ducks. Mules and donkeys protect their territory, not so much the animals inside them, and are known to get nasty with anything they think doesn't belong (sometimes including new members of species they are already familiar with). Also, they don't "patrol," and if the fox comes while they are sleeping, it can literally get away with murder.

    The only animal that will reliably protect chickens is you (I think greybeard's list are names of guns named after animals);)
     
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  2. May 14, 2019
    babsbag

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    I know that you don't want an LGD but they do keep hawks away. When my dogs and chickens lived together I never lost a chicken to a hawk. The dogs would watch the sky and bark and chase any that even tried to get close to the birds. Now that the chickens and dogs don't share a field a lose chickens to hawks so I know that the dogs were working.
     
  3. May 15, 2019
    greybeard

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    Depends on how good one is at target acquisition and bullet placement...
    Black Widow=North American Arms .22 magnum
    Cheetah=Beretta .380 ACP
    Desert Eagle=Magnum Research, arguably the most powerful handgun on the planet
    Panther=An Italian .177 or .22 air pistol
    Bushmaster=Remington Adaptive Combat Rifle
    Python=Colt Combat Magnum in .357
    Taurus Bull=large bore handgun chambered for .44 magnum or .454
    Redhawk= A Ruger revolver, .44 Magnum, .454 Casull, and .480 Ruger.
    Bearcat=another Ruger revolver chambered in .22.
    Diamondback=an AR-15 pistol in 5.56
    Rhino=40DS revolver in .357 magnum
    Bulldog and Bulldog Pug=Charter Arms revolver in .44 special or .357 mag.
    Llama=1911 clone spits .45ACP and .38 super
    Raptor=Kimber Arms .45ACP or 9mm
    Blackhawk=Ruger single action revolver in .357
    Warthog=ParaOrdinance 1911 in .45ACP
    Bruin = a Dan Wesson 1911 in 10mm
    Scorpion=CZ/USA 9mm "pistol"...
    Marlin=Rifle in a variety of calibers and configurations.
    Golden Mallard=Beretta autoloader shotgun in
    Kestrel=UK Gunmark shotgun..double barrels 12 ga
    And of course...a Colt.=any Samuel Colt product...
     
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  4. May 15, 2019
    greybeard

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    Precisely.
     
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  5. May 15, 2019
    OneFineAcre

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  6. May 15, 2019
    frustratedearthmother

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    Ha - shows you how much I know about guns, lol!
     
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    greybeard

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    Used to, ya couldn't give me a Ruger, but I have become a fan of them over the last couple 3 years. That's a pretty good price on the Wrangler.
     
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    OneFineAcre

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    I've got a few Rugers. My parent's gave me a Security 6 when I turned 21.
     
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    Baymule

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    I had donkeys that stomped chickens to death.
     
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  10. May 15, 2019
    AmberLops

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    hmmm maybe that was a bad suggestion on my part :ep I had a mule once and it killed my neighbors goat that jumped the fence to my pasture....:eek: