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Male Pheasant for flock protection?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by justmekayce, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. justmekayce

    justmekayce New Egg

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    We have a neighborhood cat that keeps getting my young hens. [​IMG] (less than 18 weeks) We house them fairly secure. No other cat but this one has even looked at them. My question is, I was told in the past that a male pheasant makes a fairly good guardian. Has anyone has success with this? I rally do not want to get a rooster because of the noise. (we are already pushing it with the goats and chickens) I was told that the pheasants are fairly quiet and stay close to where they feel safe, secure and have food. Thanks a bunch ya'all. Have a great day! [​IMG]
     
  2. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    What kind of pheasant? Ringneck or ornamental? I think a male goose would do a better job honestly.
     
  3. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think a goose or turkey would more likely repel a cat than a pheasant. I've never had a goose or a pheasant, but not even my neighbor's dogs are brave enough to go after my turkey.
     
  4. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chickens could make the pheasant sick, there is a disease called coryza and a lot of chickens carry it. I would get a dog...
     
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Pheasants will not stay unless they are securely penned. If you pen will hold a pheasant, it should easily keep a cat out.

    If it is a smallish pen, a nice adult gander will teach that cat a lesson. The gander will not defend chickens. But if the cat gets into the gander's personal space, the cat is going to receive a scare.

    If your housing is "fairly" secure, it shouldn't be difficult to finish it and make it "secure". Apparently "fairly secure" is not sufficient.
     
  6. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I was going to suggest turkey but since he said he doesnt want something that didnt make a loud noise I would have suggested it. A male turkey is always my first suggestion but in this situation I would pick a male goose.
     

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