Best *Guard-ER* [Pics]

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by little_grey_bantam, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. little_grey_bantam

    little_grey_bantam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So everyone is speaking of a guard animal... preferably a dog...

    Well, I have a GUARD CALF!
    She's a ten-month old Angus calf who ... well, guards the chicken!
    We let our birds out, but when penned up, they are well protected!
    The birds have taken to riding on her back (at least the OEGBs) and following her around - though I have to say some of them are naughty and eat the poo T_T (our wild lakenvelders! yuck!)
    Her pen area is surrounding the four pen we have for our birds and since we are borrowing her pasture to build a barn on, she's cooped in her smaller pasture.

    Now, I don't know about you, but a dog is one thing, but when a coyote meets our calf, they stop in their tracks!
    We actually have coyote tracks ALL around our yard, but they stay clear away from the barn with our calf in it.

    She will actually come out and lay in front of the doors if she hears something.
    So yeah, a 100 pound dog? Nope, my 400-something runty calf lol
    She also moos loudly [​IMG] And she is the friendly booger ever!

    I have left the pens opened (by accident [​IMG]) and in the morning, all birds in tow! [​IMG]

    Figured if anyone is looking for a useful "guard" they could house a meat cow or a milk cow [​IMG]
    They're friendly enough, though they do "wander" off to the nearest cow group if you forget to put them in at night [​IMG]
    Mine stays close to home, but has wandered off a couple times. Nothing better than an apple to call her home [​IMG]
     
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  2. ksct

    ksct Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i love this!
     
  3. kota1369

    kota1369 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love it Little-Grey! It makes perfect sense since cows are a herd animal and with no one else around, the chickens have become the herd.
    You have some lucky chickens


    The lady with 4 dogs and 4 city chickens
     
  4. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well if you originally got that cow for eating I bet you're rethinking it and making her into a pet. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know one thing. I would be re-thinking ever eating one of those lakenvelders [​IMG] [​IMG] I have seen free-range chooks fight over dried dog scat. [​IMG]
     
  6. little_grey_bantam

    little_grey_bantam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, no eating Lakenvelders YUCK!
    Though I guess it's alright... they'd be "vegetarian" or "vegan"

    Calf only gets hay, calf pellets (with veggie matter protein) and fruits and veggies LOL
    So I guess they're eating veggie mush??? LOL

    Oh and nope! I love my little cow [​IMG]
    She's the little pet - we're hoping to get a few more to keep her company [​IMG]
     
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  7. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got pics???
     
  8. little_grey_bantam

    little_grey_bantam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guard Cow [​IMG]

    Not protecting cheekins, just snacking out - actually the birds are just to the right of her dust bathing. They stay close enough for her to see them [​IMG]
     
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  9. little_grey_bantam

    little_grey_bantam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL, there she is watching the BCMs!!! [​IMG] LOL
     
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  10. LizFM

    LizFM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Grandma and Grandpa always said that scratching in the cow poop made the eggs and meat way better!
     

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