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Would an emu be able/willing to protect fowl from coons?

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Would an emu be able/willing to protect fowl from coons?

Postby Trefoil » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:43 am

My geese don't seem to be predated upon by coons and I have seen them actively attack possums but the coons just seem to go after the chickens, if they can get a foot in the pen, they seem to be able to get a chick or duckling. I was wondering if an emu would be protective towards the chicks ect. or if they would just protect themselves?
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Re: Would an emu be able/willing to protect fowl from coons?

Postby Nicophorus » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:37 am

NO

After dark , anything goes. Im a firm beliver that you need a predator to protect against other predators, i.e. a guard dog.

And I dont even have a guard dog, I just know how ineffective my donkey/emu/geese have all been.
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Re: Would an emu be able/willing to protect fowl from coons?

Postby BB » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:32 pm

My emus knew my chickens, ducks and geese, but when a wild duck or any other animal landed in the yard, it got chased out. But every emu is different. They might decide they are total lovers...(which they are deep down anyway)

But bottom line is like Nicophorus said already, after dark anything goes.
I personally would just build a coon proof cage, by having mesh all around.
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Re: Would an emu be able/willing to protect fowl from coons?

Postby Lasergrl » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:50 pm

The only thing that will protect your fowl is a well trained livestock guardian dog. However realize that they will be killing the raccoons. At that point its more humane to just trap and shoot them then let a dog kill them.
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Re: Would an emu be able/willing to protect fowl from coons?

Postby pat » Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:38 pm

I agree with everyone. doubtful an emu would protect them.

however, a slight chance (if the emu is penned surronding the pen, the emu might try and stomp the coon. (they usually miss).

llamas are suppose to make good guard animals. some do and some don't.
the ones I had were OK. one time when daryl got out, he was going after my turkey,
daryl almost had the turkey, when my llamas chased him away.

my coonhounds help keep most predators out of the yard. they usually just tree raccoons.
but, will bark as a long as that coon is in the tree.

personally, the best thing to do is coon and fox proof the pen. build it as though you were building it for a raccoon. another thought, (might work) is if you put an electric strand or two of wire around the outside of the pen. if you don't have electric, you can get the battery one. they are fairly easy to put up. not very expensive.
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Re: Would an emu be able/willing to protect fowl from coons?

Postby Realtree1 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:53 pm

Also having a dim light in the coop will help because when it's dark chickens go into a really deep sleep and can't protect themselves very well so it might cut your loses a little.

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