Guarding my hens....minus a rooster

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by KB, May 1, 2009.

  1. KB

    KB Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 13, 2008
    I just rehomed a couple roosters and now I am freaking out over my girls having a sentry. Any suggestions on what would alert them to a hawk besides a rooster or livestock guard dog? They free-range and I can't change that, come into their coop at night and take an afternoon nap in the barn. I don't really have any other predators that will bother them during the day except for hawks.

    Goose? Turkey? Something kind would be nice! The girls are so busy this time of year that I'm afraid they won't pay full attention!
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  2. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    Ive heard a nice big Tom turkey is a good watch dog.
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    One of your hens may become your new flock leader and give alarms for hawks and such. I've also heard a few geese work wonders when it comes to flock protection.
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    My teensy banty cochin hen is the resident (worrywart) "sentry". She sees & announces all.

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