gary gregory wrote:
We have Anatolians with our chickens right now, and a couple years ago provided Pyr x Anatolians to friends with an organic egg and poultry business. The dogs are very good protection, but there is a learning curve for all involved. I'll see if I can come up with some photos if there is interest.
Interesting that it guards chickens. I was wondering about that. Did you have to train from young or bought an older dog already trained? How difficult are they to train?
I had a great pyr and she should bark about once an hour through the night.
My concern and question is: Will feeding the dogs a diet that includes meat from the very animals they are asked to protect, cause them to become killers of those same animals? Although it could be a wonderful sustainable means of utilizing every last bit of the livestock we slaughter, might it be a counter productive paradox that may be disastrous?
Thank you in advance for any insight you might be able to share with me on this.
I'm looking for info on LGD's. I will be having a small flock of chickens (around a dozen or so) and no other livestock. I'm interested in getting a dog that is people friendly, not a barker, low maintenance & will protect my flock...any suggestions??? Is there such a breed or mix out there???
R Scott wrote:
We had problems with our dogs not accepting new breeds once they were adults. They grew up with chickens and goats and never had an issue. But we had all kinds of problems adding sheep, pigs, ducks--in the end we had to get rid of the dogs to change our flock mix. Just one more thing to think about in long-term planning.
AND I strongly prefer a fixed female in the role. If they've had a litter, they are even better than most.