Interaction of dogs, turkeys & Chickens

Rockman, (Rocky) guardian of the flock

Knows all the turkey alarm calls and comes running to help his birds

Rocky enjoying the Flint knapping tarp while watching out for threats to his flock of turkeys

Our interaction of our rescue dog and Irish Wolfhounds with the birds. (100% positive) Actually, almost 100%, the puppy will chase the turkeys on a whim however the turkeys often reverse the role and chase the dogs. (hens only, the toms only stand around and look pretty)

One of our guard dogs watching the turkeys......

This is actually the normal position of the Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhounds mostly only have two settings, "sleep" or "Run"


However the wolfhound is a formidable guard when needed.

Ember on Night Patrol when the turkeys alarmed on their roost.

When the turkeys alarm at night and the dogs and I come running out of the house, the first thing I do is scan the yard and tree for threats. Then I watch the dog's behavior.

A ground predator: the dogs will be tracking the yard for fox, coyote, raccoon or bobcat.

If the dogs are not tracking any scent--then I know I am dealing with an owl.

Then there is the wolfhound puppy.......

Wolfhound puppy chewing on the Rockman. You can tell by his eyes: "Help Me!"

Wolfhound pup. Having a blast with Rocky

Wait, that's not the puppy....Ember after a rooster

Neila, the wolfhound puppy at 100 pounds

New puppy wolfhound - learning that she can make the birds dance. No injuries of course

Back at work.....

Rocky and I inspecting a murder scene. Bobcat or Great Horned Owl?

Was taking a photo of a snowflake obsidian arrowhead I made, when......

Neila decided to pluck turkeys.

Meanwhile, Ember is back to her guarding duties...

Irish Wolfhound "Ciara" who has passed on.

Rescue Irish Wolfhound "Max" who has passed on.

Basically the dogs are priceless companions, guards and family

Rockman (Rocky) is a rescue dog from Pets by Judy