Originally Posted by angidee
I would love to hear any suggestions on the best guard animals for my chickens against hawks and eagles, not including dogs.
I found a range of ideas in a google search, but want to hear some actual successful suggestions. Some of the google search suggestions are guineas, alpacas, donkeys, llamas, roosters, and geese. I don't know if they will specifically be good for chicken guardians or specifically good against hawks.
What are your thoughts????
You may need to qualify question. Do mean most cost effective? Most effective? Most worry free?.
Hands down you the big ape with you size, smarts, stick or boomstick can lick any and all predators if you invest the effort. This will require you to build quality nocturnal containment for chickens and getting off your butt and reacting when they give alarm calls. Some predators will visit while your are present so be prepared to chase and even use violence to protect flock. Other animal used as livestock guardians will have their own containment issues themselves and most can be vulnerable to at least some predators. Also consider feeding costs and disease exchange between guardian and chickens.
If you have a small number of birds, then the fort knox strategy will be a relatively worry free option. If you already do have dogs, then put them to work. If they have or you suspect have potential of threatening your birds, then learn how to break them of that bad habit.