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My situation an LGD wont work for now. We have the room, 5 acres. Love, just adore large breeds but so does my 81 year old dad... He plays with the dogs, they knock him down. He will not use obedience with them, ugh. Our english mastiff was so gentle, but Dad would still get him so fired up! So I can't keep large breeds for now. Absolutely agree they are the answer to a predator problem if you can keep them. Meantime I use guinea and geese, tom turkeys and its stopped most problems.


Here in Virginia we have lots of predator pressure.  I have heard of two cases where a LGD (bonafide, trained, etc) was killed by a pack of coyotes.  So Nothing is really safe. 

 

My friend has 6 Chinese geese, and the coyotes give her place a "pass".  One of the geese escorts all the young mothers and hatchlings around the yard.

 

I think it depends on how much else there is to eat, just like deer pressure on gardens.  Geese are a deterrent, so is a LGD.

Exactly. It takes a good combo of deterrents to help warn and protect a flock.

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post #62 of 69
I would get 4 large geese and two large ganders. Very protective of their entire yard and contents. We also have cement block under our fence attached to it and electric wire on top rail of fence. No problems except a ground squirrel came underground and came up to try to eat chicken food, but our head gander Spruce caught and killed the squirrel in record time and has been watching the hole he came out of until I covered it up. Good job Spruce.
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I would get 4 large geese and two large ganders. Very protective of their entire yard and contents. We also have cement block under our fence attached to it and electric wire on top rail of fence. No problems except a ground squirrel came underground and came up to try to eat chicken food, but our head gander Spruce caught and killed the squirrel in record time and has been watching the hole he came out of until I covered it up. Good job Spruce.

Welcome to BYC! :frow I have 15 geese myself. They free range with the ducks and other poultry, and are locked up at night. The only time we have predator issues is if the geese are penned, then I see hawk problems. I keep them confined if we have company over or expect a delivery.

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We have had no losses since raising geese and the big boys took over. I have some roos and toms but everyone still gets locked up at night just in case. Pilgram girls are so sweet.

post #65 of 69

I've been looking into this and I've come up with this list for a noisy alert and aggressive behavior toward anyone/ anything that doesn't belong:

 

African

Chinese

Tufted Roman

Pomeranian

 

Can anyone add to this?

post #66 of 69

I had 2 white Emdens and they kept 2 pilgrams & 3 goslings safe for 4 months. Because they were so agressive we gave them to someone with a big dam who wanted geese. Since then we have lost a 4/12 gosling to a snake bite. So I'm inclined to say if you want guards get the the big agressive ones.

post #67 of 69

I'm glad to hear this, I was feeling guilty that my geese free range. They could stay under our house at night if they chose but spend the day there instead and tend to hunker down besides a dam after their evening grazing.

post #68 of 69

how are embdens for guard animals i plan on maybe trying them as a sort of alarm system to scare off any predators. :) 

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post #69 of 69

I am looking at Cotton Patch Geese - anyone know how they are as guardians/noisy?

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