11-20-2012, 04:41 PM
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I should have been a bit more specific. I'm not really expecting him to fight off 2 full grown great horned owls. We have plans to keep our great pyr in the chicken run with him until he is of an age to be left by himself. Our great pyr has a different job in the house so we don't want him to be the permanent guard. Plus he is a fence jumper and poultry chaser so he'll have to be leashed in the chicken run which is a pain. Ok for temporary but I'd like to get the pup off on the right foot to accomplish his job in the future. Also, this is just his day job. We lock the birds up at night so at night he'll come join the family inside and all of our dogs sleep in our bedroom with us. So they're kind of like working family pets.
Originally Posted by Tess
Seems like its a lot to expect a young pup to fight off an owl yet. The owl could really hurt him.
I'd be most concerned at this stage with getting the puppy to feel like the poultry are part of his "family"... that is forming a bond with the poultry.
It might be your job to deal with the owl right now, until the puppy is older.
Keep in mind a 13 week old puppy is about like a human toddler. Don't expect too much from him yet. Get your foundation going strong first, which would be the bonding with the flock. Once he's older, protective instinct is more likely to take over when needed.