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Jimfarmer

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Farm Guards
« on: August 25, 2012, 08:13:09 AM »
The ZetaTalk Newsletter Issue 308, Sunday August 26, 2012 (released early) at http://www.zetatalk5.com/newsletr/issue308.htm has a section about using certain domestic farm animals as guards.

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So you survived the Pole Shift in a rural area, and even managed to collect seeds and know how to garden and save seed. You plan to grow lysine rich vegies so could even mix corn and amaranth grains in the Winter for meatless meals. Maybe you plan to collect a small herd of goats for milk and meat, or house a flock of chickens for eggs and meat. But what about foxes and wolves and cougars and hawks picking off your herds and flocks? Here are some domestic beasts that can help you with that!

Take geese for instance. If you are looking for a noisy alarm when intruders, human or otherwise, approach, a goose or a flock of geese is ideal. They are more than noisy, they attack! As reported on the BackyardChickens site “Canada Geese I have seen over and over from my window beating the crap out of coons and foxes but they are more powerfully built than domestic geese and much better fighters.“ Roosters are very focused on protecting their hens. True patriarchs, they will locate food, call the hens, and stand guard over them while the hens eat it all. They will also challenge and face a hawk or fox while the hens run for cover. The downside? Be sure to socialize them when young to the human presence so they think of you as one of the flock. And be prepared for that early morning alarm clock.
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Got a herd of sheep or goats? Get a guard donkey or mule. It is the donkey blood that brings the strong protective instinct. A donkey will kill a dog or coyote that threatens a herd it feels attached to, instinctively. Mules are larger, though perhaps harder to come by after the Pole Shift as being a hybrid they are sterile. Mules will reportedly “stomp a rattler or copper head till it looks like ground beef.” They also hate and can even kill cougars, though the mule in the photo above was slinging a dead cougar.
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Re: Farm Guards
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2019, 01:20:52 AM »
Great stuff. somehow I missed this post. :)

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Re: Farm Guards
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2019, 01:37:46 PM »
Friends who live a few miles away, have told us many stories about their chickens, where even the hen can be protective of her babies.  One time they heard a huge ruckus outside, screeching and all, and looked out just in time to see a hawk flying away, with Mother Hen hot on the tail, and not stopping until Mr. Hawk was gone.  Don't mess with Mama Hen.

They had a very good herding dog, Shadow, who really knew his job, but when Mama Hen was very close, Shadow would walk in a huge half-circle, just to avoid contact with MamaHen, who was known for her protectiveness. 

And in the book The Small Scale Poultry Flock, author Harvey Ussery talks of how a guinea can draw blood if you steal an egg or do something she feels is inappropriate.  Guineas are supposedly a bit more wild than chickens and can take care of themselves fairly well, assuming they're not caught off guard during the night, the weakest time for any bird.

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Re: Farm Guards
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2019, 04:10:12 AM »
BTW Ilinda, can you post an update on your babies?

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Re: Farm Guards
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2019, 10:28:03 AM »
Friends who live a few miles away, have told us many stories about their chickens, where even the hen can be protective of her babies.  One time they heard a huge ruckus outside, screeching and all, and looked out just in time to see a hawk flying away, with Mother Hen hot on the tail, and not stopping until Mr. Hawk was gone.  Don't mess with Mama Hen.

They had a very good herding dog, Shadow, who really knew his job, but when Mama Hen was very close, Shadow would walk in a huge half-circle, just to avoid contact with MamaHen, who was known for her protectiveness. 

And in the book The Small Scale Poultry Flock, author Harvey Ussery talks of how a guinea can draw blood if you steal an egg or do something she feels is inappropriate.  Guineas are supposedly a bit more wild than chickens and can take care of themselves fairly well, assuming they're not caught off guard during the night, the weakest time for any bird.

ilinda, I really enjoyed this post. :)

 

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