Serendipity Farm Security Team
Magic, Blizzard, Cirrus and Sasha.
People ask us how we can let all the animals roam freely about the pasture and not lose them to predators like bobcats, coyotes, hawks, etc. We have our security team to thank for that! Llamas are very territorial and dislike dog-like creatures especially. It took us 6 months to train out llamas not to go after our guard dog, Sasha. While the llamas are not so good with going after bobcats, raccoons and skunks, Sasha sniffs them out right away. Additionally, we have learned that many predators fear the pigs, so letting the pigs roam also keeps the pasture safe. We credit our roosters with keeping the flock safe from overhead threats from hawks and eagles – they keep a watchful eye and sound the alert at the first sign of a threat.
The Llamas – Magic, Cirrus, Blizzard, Dusty (no longer with us)
We have 3 llamas that guard our pasture from most predators. We are happy to say in 2016, we lost no livestock to “intruders”. In 2017, we lost a few chickens to a fox one night because we forgot to open a gate to give Sasha access to the paddock. Our llamas also provide us with amazing phosphorus rich fertilizer. Llamas have an interesting habit of using the same place for their “restroom” for long periods of time. A few times a year, we bring the wood chipper/composter out to their “restroom” and turn the pellet droppings into a nice powdery fertilizer, ready to quickly integrate with garden soil. Let us know if you are interested in some as we occasionally have extra.
Guard Dog – Sasha
We have found that wildcats (as in bobcats and mountain lions) sneak past the llamas. So in 2015, we got Sasha, our Colorado Mountain Dog. Sasha doesn’t let anything get past her nose and ears. She works mostly nights when the predators are out and sleeps most of the day, letting the llamas take over. Getting the llamas to accept a dog in their territory was quite a process.