Protection for my chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by gonechickcrazy, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. gonechickcrazy

    gonechickcrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, yesterday 3 dogs came onto my property and killed 4 of my chickens. I wasn't home at the time and a nearby neighbor seen the dogs but didn't know they was attacking the chickens. Is there anything (dog, goat etc..) that can be put with the chickens to protect them. I do not have an outside dog now but have been thinking about getting one. Any suggestions on what breed. I would really like an Australian Shepherd, but I have not heard if they are ok with chickens.
    Thanks for the Help
    Tisha
     
  2. Fredster

    Fredster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd recommend one of the livestock guardian breeds of dog, like Great Pyrenees, but I'm biased because I have two of them protecting my chickens. [​IMG]
     
  3. gonechickcrazy

    gonechickcrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks for the info!! I wasn't sure if the Pyrenees would protect chickens. I have seen them with sheep and goats. I might give that a try. Do you let yours run loose and are they hard to train?
     
  4. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we use these 3...

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  5. Fredster

    Fredster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My chicken yard is about 2.5 acres fenced. The dogs live in there with the chickens. It's not quite running loose, but it's also not like a small backyard either. [​IMG]

    The only training I've had to give is the occasional verbal correction or "bite" (a la Cesar Millan) when they tried to play with chickens when they were a little younger. They never hurt any chickens, but they did a little chasing and some of the "try-to-set-a-paw-on-the-chicken" game. Once I corrected that a few times, they stopped. They've been around chickens their whole lives.

    You might check this thread for an idea of what they do most days. I don't think I'd trade 'em for any amount of money.
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2009
  6. luvv4life

    luvv4life Out Of The Brooder

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    anyone ever use Llamas to deter unwanted guests? I know Llamas are used to protect different kinds of livestock (and are good at thier jobs-believe it or not), but not heard from any chicken owners.
     
  7. Queen Scoot

    Queen Scoot Crochet Chieftess

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    i use him......Bubba!!!
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    hes the best chicken protector there is my great pyr!!
     
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe think about a pair of dogs, if you can swing it. They're a lot more effective than one dog, when they have multiple attackers.
     

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