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Peacock as Guard Animal

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

  1. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I regularly hunt coyotes, my main issue is one individual fox, who I have missed 3 times. As for the electric fencing, I suppose I could look into that. The guineas will at least serve an alarm system, and I can get a pair for $50.
     
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    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member

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    Well, you're already ahead of the game if you hunt coyotes. Foxes have been our main issue, they're so incredibly stealthy. Young foxes are quite easy to trap. Older foxes...not so much in our experience. I trap the young, my husband's taken care of the older ones.

    We got electric poultry netting last year from Peavey when it was on sale. Because we free range 99.9% of the time we opted for the less expensive netting that's not as conductive in multiple lengths. We're only setting up a few lengths.

    I originally was going to order the more expensive netting from the US from the same company but the shipping is expensive. We're covered and have it on hand if we have something happen. It will be set up when my hens get moved to the proper building.

    I did start with four guineas originally, and we got hit by foxes at supper time last year, in daylight and the guineas didn't make a sound. One got spooked by the foxes into our rabbit pens. I was surprised by that. Not sure why they didn't alert. :confused:
    Just thought I'd mention that.
     
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    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See that is what I'm afraid of- I know guineas aren't perfect guards, and although some others have had success, I am starting to think instead of spending $50 on two guineas, maybe spending $150 on electric fencing and also expanding my run area, might be worth it....It's a good idea. Now, I'll have to talk to my parents, but they would probably offer to cover some of the costs as the birds are like my family even if they hate them. I just want the best for them:confused:
    I still will likely round up $7.99 for wolf pee at my local hunting store.
    Also, when you bought the electric netting at Peavey mart, did it come with a solar charger thing?
     
  4. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member

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    The fencer was separate. I bought a fairly large charger on sale. At the moment it's on one of our cattle fences.:rolleyes: I'm thinking a length of the netting was $170ish and I think the charger was around $80. If your parents help...that would be great. Do they get eggs in return?:)

    I just mentioned this thread to my husband...and he mentioned you should get a dog. laughing.gif We have two LGD...but they're in with our sheep.

    If you can't have a dog, that decision's already been made. But as someone who never had a livestock guardian dog before...they are much better and easier to keep than I ever thought. They look like they're sleeping all day, and sometimes they are...but they see and hear everything. And ours eat no more than our border collie did. A good one is worth their weight in gold. I agree with the other posters on that.
     
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    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, my parents will get eggs in return and rooster meat from whatever cockerels I end up with. I lost $300 in birds just recently and they did say they'd help cover the cost of new ones, but they haven't (yet).
    I would love a LGD, but that will have to wait until I'm older. :confused:
     
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    I'm sorry to hear about that. How many birds do you have? There's also going the route of a completely enclosed run for ultimate security. I realize you mentioned the cost factor already. I've never priced that out, I have too many birds to build an enclosure the size I'd need to build.
     
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    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 hens, a rooster on the way and a Silkie hen on the way too. As well as a rabbit that occasionally runs around with them when I am there to supervise. I plan on raising 1-2 batches of chicks each year (with broody hens- might invest in a muscovy hen too.) to sell and raise for meat or layers. So likely, constantly changing numbers with the possibility of guinea fowl. My coop is 6' by 8'.
     
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    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, to add on to that, the run is attached to a 12' by 20' (approximately) 3-sided 'run in' shed (initially meant for horses.). So, partially covered.
     
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    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's on top of your chicken coop?
    My fox visited during the day.
     

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