Perfect protector?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sacri, Sep 10, 2019.

Who is the best protector of chickens?

Poll closed Tuesday at 4:53 PM.
  1. Donkey

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  2. Dog

    1 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. Guinea hen

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  4. Other

    1 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. Sacri

    Sacri Chirping

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    We lost most of our girls and our baby ducks to a fox attack last Monday. It was devastating. We have a dog that hangs out with the chickens but she isn’t outdoors all day. We are going to put up a fence and we want to get a protector. Which one is better and why? Outdoor dog? Donkeys? Guinea hen? Other?
     
  2. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    None of the above. I would put up an electric fence. Foxes have been known to work in pairs where one will lead off the dog while the other grabs its prey. I had a donkey once... he tried to kill anything that crossed his path BESIDES a fox! Electric fence is the way to go.
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    I agree that the fastest and most economical and most reliable solution against ground predators is an electric fence, or electrified poultry netting.
    Having a very safe coop and run are necessary, and then for safer outside activities, electric fencing.
    I'm so sorry for your losses!
    Mary
     
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  4. trudyg

    trudyg Songster

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    Agree on the electric fence.
     
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  5. Waves

    Waves Chirping

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    Can I ask a thing about this?
    i see that a wild cat learned to pass the electric fence without taking the shock.
    could a fox learn the same?
    sorry for meddling :)
    @Sacri i'm so sorry for your losses :hugs:hugs:hugs
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    Howard E has very good advice about electric fencing, and Premier1supplies is an excellent resource for advice and materials. I think if the fence is set up well, and baited at first, it works well. it won't keep out rats, weasels, or of course raptors though.
    Mary
     
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  7. ShannonR

    ShannonR Crowing

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    2-3 outside dogs. Livestock protector kind, but you have to fence those in well.
     
  8. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Crowing

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    The perfect protector is a completely enclosed, sturdy, hardware cloth pen, with a roof.
     
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  9. cmom

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    I agree electric fence or wire is the best protection. I also have netting over the top of the pens and concrete under the gates.
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