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Which breed of rooster will protect my hens best?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by TurkeyMountainChickens, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think most severe attacks on dogs are done by a pack of raccoons rather than the lone raccoon. My old dog was nearly 100lbs and he came home with cuts head to toe, his yellow/white fur red. Raccoons make a nasty pack.
     
  2. isaac isley

    isaac isley Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read every book in my local library on chickens. Sometimes particular breeds like in pheonixes & red junglel fowl already protect hens, but most of the the time the older the cock the more fearcly they protect thier hens, if not, your rooster has a problem.


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  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    American game roosters for me can be a very effective management option for hawks targeting chicks, although you can have only one per typical backyard. Rooster buys time for dog to get over and drive off more substantial predators like fox. No rooster of any breed is effective against nocturnal predators.

    Jury is now out on how hybrids of American games will handle hawks. Will have some observations by next fall.
     
  4. Poultryboy15

    Poultryboy15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a JERSEY GIANT will be best the largest breed of chicken i own one he saved my slow RIR hen from a raccoon. All i heard was a very long crow so i look out side and he was running in to the field and then i saw a raccoon and my RIR hen running and flapping her way to the coop so i ran out there to save her but my rooster beat me to it when the raccoon saw a giant chicken running towards him he arched his back and my rooster kicked him with a lot force the raccoon went to the ground and ran off. i got him for meat...but now hes the hens protector!!!!
     
  5. isaac isley

    isaac isley Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you all for the advise, I am sorry for the delay I have been a little busy latly on loosing more chickens!
     
  6. isaac isley

    isaac isley Out Of The Brooder

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    I am geting a jersy giant roo thanks for the advise
     
  7. isaac isley

    isaac isley Out Of The Brooder

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    amarican game phoenix bb red game old engish game modern game all thoseare proven to be beter
     
  8. Jeff21

    Jeff21 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am not very familiar with the Old English breed. But are those roosters the best for protecting flocks?

    I have 25 young hens, 6 older hens and 1 old rooster. He is a WIMP! So I think it is time for a replacement..
     
  9. chicken farmer

    chicken farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The rooster is gonna want to mate,guard,and roost with the hens.It is not so much breed as it is personality.Every rooster you have will want to be the dominate rooster that mates,guards all the hens,so if you have a rooster they will make a alarm call that tell the hens to run,hide,and he will do the guarding.The best breed would probably be the rhode island red or the welsummer,they are pretty big chickens and will be up for guarding the hens...............................................................................................................................................Good luck finding Mr.guard rooster.[​IMG]
     
  10. HeidisHens

    HeidisHens New Egg

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    my 11 year old daughter (also home schooled) lost her entire collection of silkies in one night to a weasel. If your birds were all dead in the coop and uneaten, then it's a weasel you're dealing with. Make sure they are locked up tight, as it's very hard to keep them out of a pen, we thought ours was a fortress. A weasel also killed most of our laying flock, but we trapped him, and now can sleep better! A raccoon will leave a big mess of body parts everywhere, and a fox will take them away and leave only a few feathers. Hawks and owls take one, and eat that before taking another after a few days, if they can. the weasel is the worst enemy we have every dealt with. Good luck!
     

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