Llamas for bird protection?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CDennis, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. CDennis

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    Has anyone had success with llamas to protect ducks and chickens from predators.
     

  2. jjackson-7

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    Oooh, I've never thought of this before but now I'm curiouse what others have to say.
     
  3. By all means do as you want, but how are you planning on protecting the chickens' keeper from the llama
     
  4. jjackson-7

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    I don't have any direct experience with llamas, but have a few friends that have alpacas to protect their sheep. They don't bother with the handlers (or me - being an outside visiter either), but I've been told that they beat the snot out of a coyote and the neigbors dogs. I was just wondering if they would get protective of birds, or if they would just be protective of their space? Or would they not be protective at all if there weren't other sheep/alpacas around? Does anyone know if they would go after a fox?
     

  5. jjackson-7

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    and if they would go after a fox would they beat up on our cats?
     
  6. Bullitt

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    A donkey will run off animals, such as coyotes and others. Many people have a donkey with their flock of sheep to protect them.

    I am guessing a donkey would protect chickens in the same way.
     
  7. The llamas I've seen seem to prefer to defend their space by spitting or upchucking on their perceived enemies. As to the usefulness of a llama for providing flock defense, to a llama everything and everyone is an enemy.
     

  8. CDennis

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    Thanks for the feedback!
     
  9. Llamas and alpacas - we consider them mountain lion bait. Sorry
    A donkey is the way to go.
     

  10. Do be advised that a equine can pick up a broken grain of corn off of the ground. It would seem that some way needs to be devised to protect the chickens rations from the donkey. Or you could put the donkey inside the chicken's pen after dark. Try it, you'll never know unless you do.
     

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