Peacock as Guard Animal

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Welshies, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Coyotes ate my guineas, and one of my peacocks, and a fox tried to eat one of my peacocks, but the *dog* ran it off before it could kill the peacock.
     
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  2. Argus

    Argus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't do much fanning when they are afraid or being chased.
     
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  3. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member

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    But like any deterrent that is used to scare predators away...the predators quickly become used to it.
     
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  4. casportpony

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    Exactly!
     
  5. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As I said, I cannot get a dog. My parents have said no to a llama or alpaca or donkey, too. Guinea fowl is my only option, basically.
     
  6. MageofMist

    MageofMist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe ask to get some wolf pee from ebay or amazon? I heard it keeps predators such as coyotes and foxes away, like how lion pee keeps other cats away, even if the cat has never encountered a lion before.
     
  7. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a really good idea... Thank you so much. I would definitely try that in a heartbeat (just grab some from a hunting store, most likely) but my only concern is how my dog would react. She's a lab.
     
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  8. MageofMist

    MageofMist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe let your lab smell it first before putting it down? To see how she reacts first. You don't want your dog feeling like it is in another, stronger canine's territory.
     
  9. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is always super tolerable so she might not even have a problem :)
     
  10. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member

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    I'm right across from you in Manitoba. We have all the same predators with the exception of bears. We only see them once in a while. We've had coyotes in our yard in the past that have taken down deer. We're surrounded by tree covered grain land and pastures full of wildlife. I free range and have rarely gotten hit. I trap everything now that comes in the yard.

    Peaveymart (if you're close) have their set of two traps go on sale for $30. I just bought 3 sets of traps. That takes care of everything smaller than the coyotes. The small traps will take care of those pesky rats.

    I use mirror balls hung out in the yard for aerial predators and for those darn cliff swallows that try to build nests on the house. The independent flashes seem to keep everything at bay. We just had a bald eagle, an owl and two hawks around in the last couple of weeks and they're were zero hits on chickens and guineas in the open.

    Do you have any trappers in the area? We have one who traps coyotes in the winter.

    Electric poultry fencing will work for the ground predators. It's cost effective and covers a lot of ground if you have been free ranging. It's our backup. I'd say that electric fencing is the holy grail as far as the predators you mentioned. One length on sale is not much more than peacocks cost.

    Guineas will bring the noise but that's about it. I've got 12 which will be 20 as soon as the keets grow up. They travel in pairs and spread out over the yard. They're great at alerting if something shows up but that's it. They can also be taken/killed...and they're not cheap unless you know someone with them.
     
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