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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chad, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. chad

    chad In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2007
    Pittston, Maine
    In the past few days a stray cat has been coming into the yard trying to get at our free-ranged layers. No injuries or losses yet, but I've been keeping my loaded .22 handy.

    At the same time our young broilers are housed in a stall in our barn. Our Great Pyrenees dog, Seri, occupies the barn and its attached paddock 24/7, keeping coyotes away.

    Mr. Cat should have been as smart as the coyotes. My wife just emailed me that this morning she found the cat, dead with a broken neck, in the paddock, and one very pleased-with-herself Pyr standing over him. Hee, hee!

    Seri gets a nice raw steak tonight!
  2. pixiechick

    pixiechick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Jonesborough, TN
    Wow! I need me one of those dogs![​IMG]
  3. Jacky'sMamma

    Jacky'sMamma Songster

    May 16, 2008
    Antelope, CA

    Poor Kitty... shoulda stuck to the kibble @ home.

    Good DOGGIE! [​IMG]
  4. pixiechic

    pixiechic Songster

    Apr 23, 2008
    North GA
    Interesting. I've never heard of using a Great Pyrenees as a guard dog, nor known one that would kill a cat. They are typically very gentle dogs.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2008
  5. chad

    chad In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2007
    Pittston, Maine
    Quote:In fact the GP was bred as a LGD. Seri is in fact very gentle overall, and I suspect she would be gentle with a housecat if we had one, as she is with our layers. It's a whole new ballgame when her charges are threatened by a strange animal, however.
  6. Whistling Badger

    Whistling Badger Songster

    May 26, 2008
    a burrow in a pasture
    Are you serious, Pixie? Pyrs are THE guard dog that sheepherders use around here. They will kill coyotes when they can catch them, and they will even run off bears and wolves. Amazing dogs.

    They tend to be quite gentle with people, though. Unless you're messing with their sheep. I once found myself up close and personal with the business end of one who thought I was bothering his sheep. It's an experience I'll never forget.

    You get a well-bred pyr and get it to make friends with your chickens, and I doubt you'll ever have any predator problems. I'd get one myself if they didn't bark so much. But that's one of the things that makes them great at what they do.

    As for the cat, everything dies sometime. Sounds like it lived life to the fullest and died quickly. A critter could do worse...

  7. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Songster

    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
    My friend has two in a 3 acre fenced in with electric 3 wires. He lets his chickens free range that area and never loses a chicken except to an owl every now and then. But he pole traps them.
  8. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I have a friend who rode his dirt bike with some other friends through a huge flock of sheep and 5 great pyrenese dogs came out of the flock and tried to knock them off their bikes. They will think twice before riding through a flock of sheep again.
  9. chad

    chad In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2007
    Pittston, Maine
    A neighbor of mine breeds, raises, sells, Great Pyrenees, and has a flock of sheep as well. Her dogs are quite friendly and gentle; but they patrol her property overnight and she says, "I wouldn't want to be anybody but me trying to cross this property after dark."

    As for predators from the air, last summer I watched as Seri spotted a hawk circling the hens, ran over into the middle of the birds, pointed her nose up into the air, and barked like crazy until she chased the hawk away.
  10. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Good doggie! [​IMG]

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