My Dog earned her keep today!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Redangler, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Redangler

    Redangler Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2012
    Bradenton, FL
    Today I was outside doing various chores all day so the girls were free ranging. They were in and out of their coop all day long as they pleased. Later this afternoon the girls were in the middle of the backyard when all of a sudden my dog, Peaches, comes from the side yard, runs past the girls to the edge of the woods and all H*** breaks loose. I hear all sorts of barking, growling, and hissing. Up the tree goes one raccoon while she is still arguing with the other. I called her off and up the tree goes the other coon. Needless to say the coons were relocated to a more permanent location where they will not bother my girls any more! [​IMG] As if this wasn't enough for the day about 20 minutes before sunset a very large hawk flies just over the girls and landed in the large oak in our back yard. The girls all ran for cover by me near the back porch. I went to scare of they hawk and when I turned around my dog had gathered all the girls in the corner by the porch and was standing on alert!

    Our girls are 11 weeks old and have been raised around the Peach since day 1. I have wondered how she would act around them when a predator was around and now I know, she has taken the flock on as her own and she is there to protect. She interacts with them all the time and really has never shown any sign of aggression towards them. I am so happy with her guardian attitude today. She earned a piece of pork off the roast tonight for her good work! I won't ever let my guard down but I do have a better feeling now.


    Here is a pic of her with the girls when they were obviously much smaller!
  2. My labs have killed 7 possoms this year! I think, I may have miscounted. It could have been 10. I have 2 labs. Problem is, they hate my chickens,
  3. KnobbyOaks

    KnobbyOaks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2012
    Central Texas
    How fortunate those Chickens are to have a Guard dog like that. Nice ending.
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Excellent on raccoons. Make certain dog can do job after dark since raccoons will probe for window when dog not on duty. I now shoot such raccoons out of tree to reward dog to enure even better activities by dog.
  5. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    YAY!! Good dog!
  6. Mountain Man Jim

    Mountain Man Jim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good doggie. Can I borrow her? I need someone to explain to my dogs how to defend the chickens. At lunch time I had to chase off a fox. The dogs were napping [​IMG]

  7. I know what you mean, my lab and rottweiler recently saved 7 of my hatchlings from a rat...
  8. Redangler

    Redangler Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2012
    Bradenton, FL
    I wish I knew her real breed, I got her from the pound and they said she was Black Mouth Curr and Hound Dog mix but who knows. I have seen some pictures of Vizsla and I think she may have some of that in her as well. In any case she is definitely protective of her girls. It is also funny when the girls are out and they get too far away from her she will go and push them back towards where they need to stay. She started doing that all by herself.

    She knew she did well yesterday because my wife even let her sleep on the couch last night!
  9. nan4848

    nan4848 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    Des Moines, IA
    From the angle of the photo she looks to be part Lab and maybe some type of hound.
  10. Melabella

    Melabella Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 2, 2011
    she does look like she has a lot of cur in her... her paws and body shape remind me of a bit of Doberman or Coon hound. Does she roam? How does she use her nose? on the ground at all times?

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