We couldn't solve the predator problem here in deep East Texas until we acquired large guard dogs. Foxes, no problem! Coyotes, no problem! Hawks, no problem! Not bad considering we were losing a bird or two PER DAY until get built heavy duty fences and had some trained large guard dogs to protect the animals. The fences now mostly just keep the dogs in. And then the dogs keep everything else that's not supposed to be there out. These dogs become useful as guard dogs when they get to be over 18 months old, and then they are priceless.
If you would like a pup for your farm, let us know ASAP. Our Rosie just had her new litter 3/25/2014. They are ready to go to new homes at 8 weeks. The four boys and two girls are for sale for $200 each. Rosie had them out in "Bird Acres" in a wooden house. It's been warm enough that we didn't have to do anything special to protect them. Chickens wander in and out of Rosie's spot as much as Rosie will let them, LOL. The sire is our purebred Akbash, absolutely stunning and the best guard dog we've ever had. The female is our Rosie, a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian mix, born on our farm 4 years ago. She was the pick of the litter and has turned out to be a wonderful, even-tempered guard dog. We can put this pair in any pasture to watch our chickens or turkeys or sheep or pigs and know everyone will be safe. Rosie's "specialty" is watching for hawks.
Our pups are well-socialized, raised around everything on the farm. Getting these dogs that were bred to guard sheep to guard sheep and goats is easy. My particular interest is breeding dogs that have the temprament to guard poultry, now that's much harder. Some have the mask coloring of the Anatolian mix mother, and some are all white. The mask coloring will fade to nearly white when they grow up. Let's talk about your farm guarding needs at (9-3-6) 3-6-6-2-6-5-0.