guard animal?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cami, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. cami

    cami Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2010
    will any animal guard my chickens besides a dog?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Do some research -- lots of folks run their chickens with sheep, goats, etc. They don't guard the chickens but they sure discourage a lot of predators, unless you have mountain lions or something.
  3. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    What about a rooster?
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Dogs, llamas, goats, donkeys, roosters, and geese are all typical guard animals. You need to be aware that any birds you get for guard animals would be prone to predation themselves, so their usefulness is limited by the fact they may get killed off first. With any of these guard animals you always need to remember to watch the watchers. My "guard geese" were more dangerous to my smaller waterfowl than any wild predators I had.
  5. Blue

    Blue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2010
    Also, with dogs, some breeds will be easier to use as guards than others, though any dog can probably be discouraged from killing chickens. Some will be easier to break from this than others. Maybe you could get some bigger birds like turkeys or something if you don't want a dog. Roosters are good guards as well, like others have said, but if it's a roo you really like, just know that he'll protect the hens, but depending on the threat, you may have to be prepared to look for a new rooster afterward.

    Back to dogs, I've heard many people say they have Great Pyrenees for the purpose of guarding their other animals, so if you change your mind about a dog, maybe that's something to look into. I've been thinking of looking into them myself since so many people seem to use them as predator deterrents.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2010
  6. adubsroit

    adubsroit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    With Guard Dogs you want to stick with one of the guardian breeds, such as Akbash or Great Pyrenees amongst others. Obviously the family golden retriever isn't going to be ideal as a guard dog, their instinct is to hunt not protect. Opt for a breed that has been bred for this purpose and do your research on them. I know with using guardian dogs on sheep that you raise the puppy with the sheep.
  7. billmac

    billmac Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    I have a pyrenees / maremma cross to guard all my animals (sheep, goats, chickens, ducks). He growls and shoos the chickens away from his food, but otherwise does them no harm.
  8. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2010
    Bloomingdale, MI
    I've heard emu's are great gaurd animals, as well as geese, and donkeys

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