Geese or turkeys as flock protectors??

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by redhen, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    will it work?? will a goose chase off a hawk or weasel? what about a turkey?? or will they just be dead meat also?? thanks for any help with this..[​IMG]
     
  2. D Bar J Acres

    D Bar J Acres Out Of The Brooder

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    My royal palm turkeys absolutly terrorized my muscovy ducks and they weren't allowed in by the chickens. They also chased my 25 lb house dog so bad we had to force him to go outside and potty! So, yep, they chase stuff, including your other poultry!
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:uum,well, i wouldnt want that!.....what about if i got a goseling and raised him with my hens from a very young age??....
     
  4. RoyalHillsLLC

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    Didn't work at all for me. To slow down the predation, I ended up buying an LGD, a livestock guard dog.
    There are several breeds that work good. I got a Great Pyrenees.
     
  5. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My turkey hen protects her two freeranging rooster buddies!....

    from my geese.. [​IMG]

    My two geese protect my duck...

    from my roosters and the Canada geese.. [​IMG]


    I have noticed that when birds of prey are around, my duck runs for me geese who stand as tall as they can and make a bunch of ruckus. Duck is still around so, maybe he has it figured out?

    -Kim
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:[​IMG] so say this again!?....LOL...will it work do you think, or no?? thanks!, Wendy
     
  7. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see them actively fighting off a hawk or a weasel. Although, as a hawk looking for a meal, a big ol' turkey or goose is kinda scary looking. I wouldn't have tried to have ducks without geese. They make good intimidators, but I'm not sure about actual "guardians".

    -Kim
     
  8. EC

    EC Out Of The Brooder

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    My guinea fowl will start squawking like crazy if something does not seem right to them.
     
  9. redhen

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    Quote:so..i think i need some geese then! thanks for your help! [​IMG]
     
  10. redhen

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    Quote:thank you, i have heard that also....something else to consider...thanks!
     

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