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Old 12/28/16, 12:05 PM
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I would like to get a dog to guard the chickens which are in a pasture with the 2 jersey cows but the cows, I don't think, will tolerate the dog.... is there any possible way to make this work?? Thanks...
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Old 12/28/16, 12:47 PM
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Electric fencing. Our pasture had 3 and four strand electric wire, which kept in our sheep and donkeys. Chickens were not phased. Most dogs would not cross the wire (or the donkeys). Small dogs will jump between wires and are good at avoiding kicks. Portable electric netting offers a second barrier, essentially two fences. Even jumpers are reluctant to jump two fences. The portable electric (3’ tall) has holes large enough for a small chicken to get through, but the taller (4’) poultry netting has smaller holes, which I think also serve to be visually confusing. Raccoons, fox, opossums, all kept out of our electric fenced area. I could even move el netting to our lawn and contain sheep and donkeys and keep dogs out.
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Old 12/29/16, 12:41 AM
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This one chase me around the house.
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Old 12/29/16, 12:45 AM
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This one guards the dinner plates
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Old Yesterday, 05:03 PM
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These are two of the four llamas we use as our sheep guardians. They do an amazing job for us!
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