We’ve been considering ways to protect against predators. I’m most concerned about my chickens that should be delivered this week. Our research shows livestock guardian dogs (LGD) are the best bet as far as protecting chickens. We visited a guy named Matt who had a convincing Craig’s List add touting the puppies of two of his LGDs. He has bred before and reports rave reviews on previous offspring. We drove 90 minutes to visit the dogs.
We pulled up and there in his yard were duck, geese, guineas, chickens, and dogs. All hanging out together!
LGDs live, breathe, eat, and sleep with the animals they protect. They blend right in!
LGDs protect against other dogs, coyotes, foxes, and even hawks. We witnessed two hawks circle overhead the birds. They circled, then flew away without bothering a feather. Matt has at least three adult LGDs on duty and hasn’t lost any goats or birds!
We enjoyed our time visiting another farmer/homesteader. We learned a little about goats, a lot about chickens, and a lot about LGDs. Our pups are a mix of Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepard, and Border Collie. They and our house dog are getting along just fine so far and we’ll introduce them to the chickens ASAP.