Flock Protector

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Game Bird Guy, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Game Bird Guy

    Game Bird Guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi.
    Is there a breed of chicken, duck, goose or turkey, or anything other than a dog, that will protect my flock of laying hens from mink, hawks and other common predators? I have Leghorn, RIR and BR roosters with them already and they do nothing to protect the hens. Thanks.
    Kramer
     
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  2. chicken grandma

    chicken grandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guinea hens are very aggressive against predators, but they also beat up the roosters! Seriously! Best defense is fencing!
     
  3. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Game Bird Guy

    Game Bird Guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much. I never new guineas were agressive. Kramer
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Is there a breed of chicken, duck, goose or turkey, or anything other than a dog, that will protect my flock of laying hens from mink, hawks and other common predators?

    Not really

    Even Guineas get killed if not fenced and cooped​
     
  6. Game Bird Guy

    Game Bird Guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not really

    Even Guineas get killed if not fenced and cooped

    All my birds are fenced and cooped but in the day, mink come into my run and kill chickens and quail in my other coop. Kramer
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Have you tried trapping the mink? They are not all that difficult to catch. There is no bird that is capable of protecting a flock from a mink.
     
  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I was a younger boy, some 60 years ago, about all I ever saw of guinea's was feathers on the road. Lots of feathers. They were always getting run over. I always thought they were the dumbest birds I had ever seen. And loud, mercy me.
     
  9. Game Bird Guy

    Game Bird Guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have tried to catch the mink, for 3 months, but it completely ignores the trap and goes for the living birds
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Nothing will protect against a mink other than maybe a dog or cat catching it. No rooster, no guinea will kill a weasel. They'll more likely be its victims. Guineas may be alarms, but are not actual protectors as such. I've had them. They're extremely loud and will alarm at everything, but they are just as vulnerable as chickens to predators.
     

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