We have had a lot of hawks in our area. After a year and a half, we have lost our first bird to a predator. My neighbor saw it happen, and my drake (about 8 months old ) did not protect the silkie. I am not sure if it was because he is to young, or maybe he does not accept the hens as his own (because they are chickens vs ducks?) We have pondered the idea of a guardian dog for awhile. We do have some questions about it, if anyone has an experience. Will the dog naturally learn to defend the animals, or does he have to be trained? I have heard that you should throw the pup outside and really not give it any attention and let it basically Shepard over the flock from a very young age. Am I over thinking this and the drake will eventually defend all my poultry, or is this actually a good idea? Thanks for the help. We really dont have my ground predators, but I would say mostly hawks and since we live next to a field i would say theres always a possibility of foxes. We were leaning towards Anatolian Shepard. We also would consider other breeds based off of recommendations.