How does one protect a large flock of free rangers?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Solsken Farm, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    I cannot afford a superdome, so what else do folks do? [​IMG]
  2. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Get you a long staff and a white robe and LISTEN to Peter...and protect your flock!!

    Just kidding....

    I let mine out for free ranging only for a few hours every evening...they get MAD at me if I do not let them out. I always stay outside...and watch them....usually while I'm working in the garden.

    NEVER leave them out past dusk...HIGH predator probability.
  3. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Ours have acess 24/7 to free-range and are never locked up, no problems yet our dog keeps a look out for critters.
  4. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    What kind of dog do you have Dawg? And your pooch doesn't go after your birds? How'd you train them?

    I was thinking free range by day and coop by night, but thinking larger scale, like 100-200.
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    First line of defense would be a good rooster.
  6. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    There are two ways that I know of:

    1. Two well trained LGD's (and then predatory birds are still a problem), or

    2. Lawn chair, sweet tea, and a shotgun

  7. snewman

    snewman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2007
    Belleville, WI
    What's an LGD? Large gun dog? Lazy Good Dog? Loose Gray Dog? [​IMG]
  8. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Quote:I believe it is large guardian dog.
  9. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I have free rangers, I accept that I will lose one on the occassion. Dogs keep the predators out of the yard, cats keep rats, snakes, & mice under control. I have a red heeler mix and a lab mix.

    LGD - Livestock Guardian Dog
  10. Kentucky

    Kentucky Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2008

    Remington Arms, Model 1100 Mag, 30"VR full choke barrel, with 3" Wild Turkey shot shells.


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