Missing my great Pyrenees

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by greenpeeps, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh how I wish I still had my Great Pyrenees Dixie. If she were still here so would my 3 missing Polish hens. One the other night and then two last night. I was in the middle of fixing the chicken coop yesterday but I was having a horrible allergic reaction to something I had come in contact with earlier in the day so I had to take an allergy pill... Shortly after I was passed out. This morning I ran down to the coop to find a pile of feathers and only one hen left. I feel horrible. I never had any issues with any predators when Dixie was around. Pitt Bulls and American Bull Dogs my shed less, but they suck as guard dogs.

    The coop is tight as a drum so tonight my husband and I will hide out and wait with a " little friend"....
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    I'm sorry you don't have Dixie anymore. [​IMG]

    We love our GP's as well.
     
  3. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad it's 'game on' with hubby.
     
  4. one slick chic

    one slick chic Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pit too, they are soooo misunderstood! Greatest and dumbest dog I ever had. Bark is def. worse than his bite!
     
  5. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I love Mishou our Great Pyrenees/Anatolian mix .. she is getting older and is getting arthritis in her legs.. but she still takes her job guarding her birds and the mini equines seriously
     
  6. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I'm sorry you lost your dog! But goodness, you need a tougher pit bull [​IMG] Our previous dog (we miss him too!) was a pittie rottie, and he slaughtered everything in the area except humans and chickens. We were hard pressed to bury all the possums and raccoons he brought home.

    Do you need a short-haired dog because of allergies? Our current dog is a Great Pyrenees cross, and he's short-haired. He's a Pyr in size and personality, just without the fluff. So keep an eye out for Pyr mixes!
     
  7. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks everyone, sadly we didn't catch whats getting into the chicken yard. I ended up lacing wire, through the chicken wire ( i know) and around each post. So now there's no way for anything to pull the wire loose. I knew I should of gotten the welded wire since the gp was gone, but I just figured the "mean" pittys would keep all the pest away.

    Mulewagon, I never thought about a mix. That would have to wait a while though, 3 dogs is more then enough for this house.
     
  8. 1livelychick

    1livelychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry for your loss, both dog and chickens. We have a Rottie and pitt that patrol the property . It doesn't matter if you come by foot or car...they will get an intruder. They do a pretty good job. they killed a coyote last summer.
     
  9. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    my pit will kill coons, possums, rats, etc... however she won't go out of her way to do it. She is pretty laid back thing, more so now that shes advanced in years. Her bark is way worse than her bite when it comes to people - she loves people - talk to her friendly and give her a biscuit you got a friend for life - lol. My GSD/chow mix though - will eat a stranger alive - men over women she hates strange men and shes super protective of HER kid (my daughter)

    if night time predators are your issue - make sure your coop is lockable and secure. also keeping the predators from pulling the wire from the posts isn't the bigger isssue - can the predator bite through the wire? chicken wire can easily be bitten or torn through by a dog or coon if given time and determination (a hungry mama with hungry babies, and a half hours time - they'll figure it out)

    If the house is locked up even if they get in the pen - they can't get the chickens. I have cheaper fencing - going to reinforce with welded later on but day time predators are no issue for me. Since its night time predators I make sure they get locked up at night, and if I don't do it someone else in the house makes sure its done.


    good luck - sorry for your loss [​IMG]
     
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