Hi, I've never owned a chicken or any livestock but we live on 2 acres and are allowed horses, chickens etc. I have an 8000 gal or so pond with goldfish that are under threat from a heron, and I was hoping I could bring in a protective rooster that could chase a heron off. I would protect them overnight and let them out in the AM, thats no problem. I imagine a goose would be better but I feel maybe I'd be more comfortable starting with chickens.
There are coyotes in the area as well as foxes. I also have a ringtail fox around. So a secured overnight warm coop will be necessary. This time of year I get red tailed hawks. Again a large aggressive rooster or two or three seem like good protection. What do you ya'll think?