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Old 01-08-2012, 10:45 AM
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Some of the farms around here have brought in the wild burros rescued from out west where they were going to be slaughtered and they've been very effective at discouraging -- and even killing marauding coyotes. Llamas have been effective too, as well as emus.

The problem, though, with the burros, llamas and emus is that they don't discriminate between coyotes and the farm dogs, or cats.
I do like donkeys and would consider a large one, but I know they generally are just canine aggressive in general. Also, I have heard that they prefer the company of other equines, and if there are horses and such they will hang out with them more than the animals they are trying to protect.

Llamas I don't care for much--lol. My grandpa used to run a herd of them and they were foul tempered things--although none of them got attacked by anything...

Emus are awesome and I would LOVE an emu. When I went to the exotic animal auction this past fall they had young emus and I had to practically sit on my hands to keep from bidding on one--lol. I don't think the dogs would have appreciated being harassed by an emu every time they went out to pee though. On the chicken board I go on occasionally several members swear by game cocks to protect their floacks from smaller predators.

All this would not be for a few years but I am a compulsive researcher and like to be prepared (and often over prepared-lol). I honestly had not considered need a LGD before until we saw the size of that coyote this past weekend on our hike. Add to that the fact that dogs have been reported going after livestock in this region--one woman I know had a llama attacked and severely injured by dogs and a couple of years ago a pair of dogs killed a horse not far from here.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:50 AM
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Llamas and alpacas that are raised with people are quite nice. I have yet to meet a nice emu. They might exist, but they were quite the thing here for a while so I got to meet quite a few.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:11 AM
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I've met nice emus (at the fair), it is awesome that they are good for something (maybe). I'd love to see one in action. I haven't found llamas mean or uncooperative and certainly not aggressive, just really bitchy. It's funny though.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:14 AM
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I do like alpacas. My grandpas were raised with people and could be handled, they were just unpleasant. I have heard that about emus too--I'm weird though, snotty birds don't bother me....
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:55 AM
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Emus are good for something, they are freakin tasty!!!!!
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:57 AM
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I have always wanted to try their eggs. At the same auction I saw the emus at someone was selling a box full of ostrich eggs. They went for like $75.
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:35 PM
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Sally, a lot of the more knowledgeable chicken farmers here keep game hens to raise eggs because they are better mothers and way more protective.
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:30 PM
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Maya may have been the exception, temperament-wise. She got along fine with their GSD. When they got out of poultry after a few years of having her, she was sold to a petting zoo in Idaho. The owner of the zoo was ecstatic to find an emu that was so gentle and trustworthy with the kids, in addition to cart trained.

Edit: I only kept gamefowl because they made such awesome range birds. Our gamecocks were the best, they'd drive everyone under cover if they spotted a hawk and come fetch us at the door if a raccoon came around.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:00 PM
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Imo socializing won't hinder their ability. Some don't social but it sure doesn't hurt. They are there to protect against predators. Sometimes man too (where I lived before it wasn't an everyday thing but some will steal a goat for meat), and they will still protect their charges and property from people even with socialization.

I like a dog who can guard animal, family, home or property. Whatever is needed of the dog. I also want that dog to be manageable in public. I don't care if they don't accept non family members on the property. Absolute must they be good with the children.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:06 PM
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GET A LLAMA!! LOOK AT THE CUTE
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