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Protection from goat predators

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by dixygirl, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    Today I lost my favorite cornish hen to a red fox.
    What can I do to protect my goats from him? When they are outside they are of course inside a fenced in area unless they are with me. Should it have a net over top? 5 feet tall?

    What are the chances the red fox will come after my young Nigerian Dwarves?
    Thank you.

  2. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Songster

    Jan 13, 2009
    fort ashby, wv
    i've never heard of a fox getting an adult nigerian but i wouldn't put it past one to try on a little fella, you may want to get a livestock guardian dog, or just shoot the fox, the fox is more prone to take a chciken instead of a baby goat since it would easier for it, good luck on the fox hunting
  3. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    Yep if your worried get a LGD...I have 4 for my goats but never had a fox take 1 even a baby but I guess it could happen. But not around here with all the dogs I have...
  4. ()relics

    ()relics horse/dog shrink

    Jan 4, 2009
    if you have the room a donkey is the answer.....they hate everything that isn't supposed to be in the pasture...it will take a couple of days for her...you need a jenny....to "adopt" your herd but after that....intruders beware.
  5. babalubird

    babalubird Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    Uh, sometimes donkeys work. Sometimes they don't. When I was trying to make this decision myself I read about someone's donkey that liked to pick up newborn lambs and use them for toys usually killing or maming.

    Nothing beats a livestock guardian dog provided they are started correctly. We have many goat owners around us deep in coyote country. They swear by them.

  6. SheriM

    SheriM Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Before we got our LGDs, it was like a coyote drive-through window around here, but since getting the dogs, we have not lost a single goat to any kind of predator.
  7. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    I have donkeys but they don't run with the goats, only my annabelle can be in with the goats for short periods of time, but not with the babies. my jack.... definate no!
    but, they have their own pastures that they stay in and I think that the noise they make alone keeps critters away!!! Those donkeys can be pretty loud! and we only have mini's!!!
    probably good fencing, maybe electric around the bottom of the fence. guard dogs, that run with your sheep..
    a llama also may work. I think they are pretty good with animals. the neighbor has one with his goats.

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