I started raising birds this spring. I have various bantams, 4 muscovies, and 1 guinea. We never hear the predator when they get one of our birds. I thought sure the guinea would be a great help in that department, but I even was watching a coon eat one of my ducks with the chickens and guinea standing a few feet away not saying a word (Of course I offed the coon next). I have a lot of cottontails that live in my yard and associate with the birds every day, and I don't want that to end that either so I don't want a dog. I am losing a lot of birds to predation and can't seem to slow it down for more than a few weeks when I trap a lot. This week I have lost two ducks and another small bantam hen, all in the daytime while they are free ranging. I have a secure enough pen I have stopped the predation at night. Now to figure out daytime help. I live in a rural, wooded area with a lot of coyotes, bobcats, foxes, coons, etc. I seem to catch most of the marauding coons after they eat one or two birds, but I don't know what got several of the ones that disappeared into thin air (hawks?). Any ideas on good guard animals that won't chase off the rabbits and deer?