Best breed to protect my ducks?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by treldib, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2010
    Southern California
    I am looking in to getting a Rooster to protect my flock of four ducks (Black Swedish, Golden 300 Hybrid Layer, Khaki Campbell, and White Layer) from predators. I am in constant fear that a racoon will get them in the night and I'm wondering, What is the biggest, toughest, most overprotective breed of chicken? [​IMG] . I think, when we order some more ducklings we will include a cockerel too. That way he can grow up with ducks and think of them as 'his flock'. Thanks
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2010
  2. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    West Cork, Ireland
    Aren't you woriied about a bunch of female ducks and a male rooster?!?! They have and can cross-breed. Check out it's odd but true. A good heavy rooster you could pick a brahma lf or an orpington lf or a welsummer lf, all grow big males. However, they ALL sleep at night and so are as vulnerable as your ducks to nocturnal predators.
  3. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2010
    Southern California
    Quote:They can? Wow..very interesting...anyway...I was just looking for a good rooster for protection IN GENERAL as my ducks would cower in fear if a mouse walked by.. [​IMG]
  4. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 5, 2007
    Quote:Ducks and Chickens cannot cross breed Guinea fowl and chickens can. If you don't have a secure pen nothing will be able to 100% protect your ducks. A livestock guardian dog may work. I have heard of roosters killing female ducks while trying to mate them and I have heard of male ducks drowning hens.

  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    A friend of mine has ducks and chickens. The ducks killed several of her chickens.

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    I dont think a rooster is going to do you any good for protecting your ducks at night, and the temperment and protectiveness will vary depending on the individul bird. I would think maybe a couple geese would be better guardians than a rooster but still, if something is hungry enough and can get in your pen, neither will do any good.
  7. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    I lost my drake to a predator, so the ducks were letting the roosters breed with them, haha. My ducks don't get bothered by anything during the day (except maybe a dog, if one were to come around), and no rooster will save them at night. My ducks don't have a problem with the chickens, but they kind of go off and do their own thing, ignoring any alarms from the roos.

    Geese are a good idea though, like Rareroo mentioned. Hawks are intimidated by the geese, and they'd probably be pretty fearless if something came after them. I know the canadians that breed here every spring will often fly off the pond to chase a hawk off the property, before banking and landing in the water again.
  8. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    I agree- get yourself a gander or a livestock guard dog (like a great pyr). Roosters are useless after dusk, but my geese wake at any disturbance.
  9. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    I have 2 EEs in with my ducks with out a problem. I would suggest a gaurdian dog not a rooster, because the rooster my not feel like he needs to protect the ducks, but a dog would protect everyone. And it would have to be like a live in one either. I just have two labs that are pets and they keep the predators down to almost nothing. In two years that I've lived on this property I've had one predator run in.
  10. chickboss

    chickboss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    I agree with everyone, I don't think a rooster is going to do you any good, especially at night. That rooster, assuming that he will be out at night as well, will be perched in some tree or something sleeping. Good luck finding a protector though. I want geese... [​IMG]

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