Which breed is best for avoiding predators?

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  1. imanerd

    imanerd Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there a specific breed that is known to be wary of predators? I have free range chickens that are safely locked up at night. The problem is that the local raccoon population has learned to steal chickens during the day. The raccoons are tame-ish because my neighbor feeds them everyday.

    I keep chickens mostly for entertainment and a few eggs. I don't care about egg color/production as long as I do get some eggs. I also don't care if the breed is known to be flighty because a couple of my best hens were white leghorns (they wanted to be house chickens and would always look at us through the glass door lol). But staying close to home is a must because a different neighbor hates birds on his dirt lawn and I had to get rid of my roaming guineas and peafowl several years ago because he called animal control on me. We're all on 5 acre lots so the birds can't just hop over a fence to get next door.

    Thanks in advance for the help...
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Perhaps an emu or ostrich?

    Seriously, I don't think breed makes huge amounts of differences.
     
  3. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe a couple geese? [​IMG]

    I know someone who lives near me and was losing lots of birds to raccoons, and since she got geese she hasn't lost a single bird. I want to say she has a couple of African ganders and a pair of Toulouse (but I'm not 100% sure on the breeds).
     
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  4. Puresilk

    Puresilk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    set out some live traps...get rid of the coon
     
  5. imanerd

    imanerd Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Any specific breed of geese? Will geese stay close to home? Do they need water? I have a creek that splits the property that empties into the Biloxi river at the back property line but all this is wooded.

    Thanks for the info.
     
  6. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OEGB have had a flock for yrs sometimes 27 strong have lost one hen to large bull snake when she defended her chicks. They are very good flyers and that helps! But they are locked up at night,other than that theiy're out there somewhere! [​IMG]
     
  7. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    Red Jungle Fowl.
     
  8. NateinFL

    NateinFL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, the red jungle fowl looking chickens live an area around here, have for many, many years and they have no protection from predators...dogs, cats, coons, hawks, they seem to have the smarts and ability to avoid them for the most part.
     
  9. imanerd

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    Quote:We do have a live trap but haven't had any luck with it. The coons are very smart...I actually love the little pests but I know that we can't all be happy together if they come around during the day.

    My DH shot one in the coop one last week and he cooked it in a potato stew. That's the second time that we've ate one and it tastes just like beef...way better than venison IMHO (no, we're not rednecks...just don't like killing unless it is for food).
     
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  10. imanerd

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    Quote:Are they similar to the chickens in Key West?
     

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