guard animals help me decide please!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ninny, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    heres my problem. i need some kinda of guard animal for my tiny farm. we have about three and a half acres. right now we have 6 kittens, 2 small indoor dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs that would be outside part of the time. the cats and maybe rabbits all year. we are going to get 3 dairy goats and some geese, ducks, guineas, chickens. and a couple big outside dogs. but where we live we have a big predator problem. i was thinking of getting a livestock guard dog but i dont think its worth the hassle with such a small acreage. the big dogs we get ( leaning towards mastiffs and dobermans) will be outside so they will help alot but i know we are going to need something more. i was thinking maybe a donkey or pony ( worked pretty good at my moms place) but not sure if we have the land. we live in the midwest, usa. any ideas? my geese always get killed off first so i need something bad. not sure about the lamas? anyhow all suggestions are wanted!!!
  2. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    Do a search for livestock guardian dogs, learn the breeds that will be most suitable and go from there. I cannot see where a GLD would be more hassle than a dobe or mastiff, IMO they might tend to be more.
  3. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    whats a gld? and i grew up with mastiffs so i love them to death. but the big dogs are also getting trained for therapy, so can't be full time guard dogs.
  4. One of my Parent's neighbors has a flock of sheep about 15 of them. They got fed up with dogs killing off the lambs and they bought two lamas.

    They still on occassion have had dogs come onto their property and the only dead thing they have found was a dog. It was stomped to death by the lamas!

    They have 5 acers of land so not much more then you have.....
  5. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    hmmm... so just found out hubby has a fear of lamas. go figure.
  6. LOL, sorry to hear about that! [​IMG]

    They are really sweet animals to. They are loyal and LOVE their flock/herd.

    We have an Aussie/Border Collie dog she is good at protecting her critters and kids.
  7. BarbK

    BarbK Songster

    Aug 6, 2007
    If you do try a donkey make sure it is a mature adult that is used to dogs. To young and they won't guard their charges. (just think of teens and how they stick to their jobs) If they are not used to dogs your dogs could end up on the hit list as easly as your predator.
    If dogs and Llamas are out I would consider a good donkey.
  8. davecash

    davecash Songster

    Jul 22, 2007
    guineas are good guard animals
  9. FluffyChickenMama

    FluffyChickenMama Songster

    Jun 13, 2007
    guineas do make great little alarms.. I dont think they would do much in the way of protecting though....
  10. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    donkey but big, little, how much do they usually cost? are they hard to train? ive had horses and ponys.

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