Goats as deterrant?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Badhbh, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. Badhbh

    Badhbh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone heard of keeping goats in a fenced area with chickens as a predator deterrent? I'm trying to think of something more that I can do to make it a less hospitable place for roaming dogs and the like. A donkey is too much at this point [​IMG]
     
  2. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know a guy who uses a donkey as predator deterrant for his goats. He's witnessed the donkey chasing dogs out of the goat pasture.
     
  3. momofdrew

    momofdrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have heard of Llama's being a good watch "dog"
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    i'm not sure it would work..goats are also frequently attacked by dogs..predators..etc....i wanted to get a great pyr. dog..to protect both my chickens and goats from coy dogs and predators....but..no..i think the goats will just end up getting attacked also...[​IMG]..sorry...i feel so bad for you and what you have been through!..best wishes..Wendy
     
  5. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well the goats would move slower then the chickens making them an easier target, like a fainting goat was to a big herd of goats.
     
  6. Chicken Love Addiction

    Chicken Love Addiction Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Llamas are kept with sheep herds to protect them from coyotes. I guess that would work if you have coyote problems.
     
  7. Badhbh

    Badhbh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was doing some reading last night, and apparently llamas can be pretty good at keeping dogs away. They'll stomp at them if they don't recognize them. We're thinking hard on a couple, and reading up on what all is involved.
     
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    When people pasture chickens with livestock like goats and sheep for protection, it's usually as a deterrent for hawks, not dogs. A hawk that kills a large chicken is generally going to have to eat it on the ground and they don't like to risk that with large animals right there. Our chickens always moved with the sheep as they grazed and even napped with them, so it worked extremely well for us. They all came back home at night.

    Good luck with the dog problem. I hope you figure something out. I know that my neighbor uses a full size donkey very successfully to protect the lambs from coyotes. We use a perimeter fence of welded wire and our own dogs, to deter local dogs.
     
  9. Momo

    Momo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Goats get killed by dogs all the time. I would absolutely not recommend them as a predator deterrent; more of a magnet.
     
  10. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our dogs aren't afraid of the goat at all. They weren't afraid of the one that had horns either. I'd get a llama or put up some hot wire to zap little black noses that snoop!
     

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