Any Dog Breed good for guarding free range chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bjw113, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. bjw113

    bjw113 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2010
    Pikeville, TN
    Not sure if this is the place for this question, but thought it might be. Is there any breed of dog that is particularly notable for guarding poultry, especially free range birds? We are probably overly cautious, but we have a large population of coyote, coons, etc. and want a dog who would chase off and defend the flock? As there are certain breeds of dogs who are particularly good with herding, etc., are there any that would excel with regards to chickens? Mind you, we do keep our birds in at night but are wondering if anyone might have some insight into this. Thanks, in advance.
  2. danlong

    danlong New Egg

    Jun 27, 2010
    blue heelers. we have 2 they are great with kids and chickens. They are also fierce with anything that comes on there property that doesn't belong there. mine have killed several coons and are pretty hard on ground hog populations as well. They even alerted me to a fox one morning that was lurking around. hope this helps
  3. Brody's Broodello

    Brody's Broodello Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2009
    We actually have a Golden that does a great job, he runs the propety at night and keeps all the critters away. He does a great job with all the birds & ducks during the day as well.
  4. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    You want a dog to be a deterrent to predators comming to check out your chickens, not to get in a fight with them. My dog is perfect for being with my chickens in the back yard, but I'd never leave a collie out in a pasture all day. The chickens lay down to nap with her and she seems to enjoy them:
  5. ekemily

    ekemily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Fairhope, AL
    if you are looking for an actual breed of dog known for this, there are
    great pyrenees
    anatolian shepherd dogs
    and there are others
    Not sure if I spelled any of those right! look out grammar police [​IMG]
  6. DragonEggs

    DragonEggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Borger, TX
    I second the great pyreneese or maremma

    Also suggest a St. Bernard. They are so smart and easy to train and mine is really good with the birds.
  7. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    We just finished a thread like this not too long ago, and everyone suggested that THEIR breed of dog was best, of course.

    The best one is going to be the one you train the best.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2010
  8. JoJo 95

    JoJo 95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2009
    Great Danes are known for being gentle and protective and they usually won't kill anything smaller than a wild hog so your chickens should be safe
  9. bjw113

    bjw113 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2010
    Pikeville, TN
    Sorry for being dumb regarding this and thanks so much for the answers. Didn't realize another post had just gone around regarding this, there get to be so many pages of questions, etc., that I only went back about 10 or so, before I posted this question. I guess my next question probably seems obvious, but, is it best to get a puppy and raise it with the chickens - as opposed to vice versa? Has anyone had luck with introducing chickens with existing outdoor dogs? I have a mixed breed (rescue) about 3 1/2 years old, good watch dog, and he killed a possum that got into his area, but we are concerned with how he would be with chickens. Anyway, again, as always, thanks for any input.
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    I would recommend against the marema, based upon a friend's experience and other things I have read about that breed. I will recommend for a great pyrannese, based upon another friend's experience with hers, and for the anatolian shepherds based upon long term posts by someone on another chicken forum.

    I would recommend against a jack russel (our dog) as tehy are more likely to attack the intruder rather than deter its presence, and a nervous bouncing chicken is likely to encourage "play." JRTs are great dogs, and can be protective, but this is not a job they were bred for over many, many generations. It is actually quite the opposite of their breeding.

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