might want to sticky this. Please no comments added suggestions and other helpful material is welcome. make a kind of guide to help prevent loses. first some of these methods i don't use personally, but do work. please anyone else feel free to add your ideas. now to the meat of the thing. hod do i defend my flock from predators. a good rooster is the best first line of defense. for me i have to use more docile breeds which limit their effectiveness. i have free range chickens with about 5 roosters. For the small flock, that has multiple predator problems, i suggest getting the biggest, meanest, nastiest game cock you can find. you can only have one at a time. he will kill and other roosters around him. he'll also deal with anything smaller that a medium dog, bobcat or coyote. when i was a boy i saw one kill a hawk. a good rooster will watch his wives and take care of them. warning. game birds are aggressive to almost everything. buy a "chicken" broom and give him a thump if he gets rowdy with you. a good watch dog works well. they tend to be very protective of the animals in their care. and the larger breeds can deal with any predator short of man. i have several dogs of varying breeds. just remember. once a chicken killer always a chicken killer. so raise them to leave the chickens alone. a surprise entrence. the cat. as long as it leaves the chickens alone especially the biddies, they make great preventative guardians. a good mouser is worth his weight in gold. he will help keep the mice and rats out of the feed, and will help keep the rats and snakes out of your eggs. a donkey. for those with larger farms. they are not specifically a guardian of chickens but rather just something loud and nasty to larger predators. dogs, coyotes, bobcat, ect. will set a donkey off like a fire alarm. and depending on the animal depends on if they attack the predator or not. related to the first entrance. a large tom turkey will act much like a rooster. I don't know but i have heard. this section is added because of what i have heard but have never had actual experience with them. peafowl make good alarms and spook predators. geanue(sp) fowl are aggressive to predators. geese make good alarms and may attack a predator. swans same as geese. The guard pig, (i have my doubts but i've seen some strange pigs) since they are about as smart as a dog they can be trained to guard. (i think i was being had, but it guy was a reliable source for other information.) thats it for guardians. next edition coops.