CHICKEN GUARDS

Another 3 wethers left us today to become chicken guards. This usually works really well, as does keeping alpacas with lambing sheep to chase the foxes away from the lambs.  It's very well documented, especially in countries like Australia where they're used extensively for this purpose by chicken and sheep farmers. Not all alpacas are good guards of course - you need those who are a bit territorial and protective, like these boys, who were older chaps.  They've gone to live on a smallholding and should be very useful  - I've certainly seen them chase a variety of animals out of their field here, including foxes, cats and deer. Good luck with them Nikki!

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