Originally Posted by Beekissed
The right dog can and will protect from hawks. I've had one and nary a loss to hawks while she was on guard...she would try to leap up into the air to get them and chase them right out of the area. My current older dog isn't like she was and so doesn't get as excited when hawks fly over or low....I'm hoping the younger dog coming up will not take his cue and will see the hawks as a threat and chase them away.
I agree, and so will the right rooster. Our mean old Willie Roo was threatened with the soup pot often, but he was too valuable as a protector. He earned his keep. We used to watch him from our deck as he would send the girls to cover and stand in the open, chest puffed out and eye to the sky as the hawks would swoop down at him. They would meet a few feet off the ground for a moment, then do it all over again. Soon the hawk would move on, realizing this meal would be too risky. The only hawk losses we had were those who were known to stray from the flock and walk around loud and foolish, the weakest links.
Now, Willie was destined to fail at some point, but that was his job. Protect the flock or go down trying.
Sadly, Willie Roo was lost to a dog attack last summer. The first one to go down, and he went down fighting, over 200 feet. We recently gave some of our white pine logs to a gentleman who creates sculptures with a chainsaw. Our payment is a sculpture of none other than Willie the Legend.