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post #41 of 44
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Originally Posted by WAREAGLEPOULTRY View Post

.....Enough is enough I live in Alabama and have every right to protect my livestock"

 

I live in Alabama also, so Rammer Jammer Yellar Hammer and give um (uh....) heck WAREAGLEPOULTRY. Tide Roll! ;)

 

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Edited by chickengeorgeto - 12/20/15 at 5:25pm
Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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post #42 of 44
Try a rooster they can scare the cats or even a goose might help
post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by Zoomie View Post
 

I guess the plain simple answer is "yes, yes they will.".


Like most simple answers - it's wrong a lot.

Cats can kill chickens - but it's really rare, and really an odd case for a cat to kill a large fowl bird - they just don't have the equipment to kill something that large without putting themselves at significant risk of injury. Bantams are a bit more risky, but they're still larger than the prey that cats evolved hunting - a bantam rooster will give most cats more than they're willing to deal with (and I mean rooster here, not cockerel) . Chicks are at huge risk - but only if they're not being raised by a hen - the hen alleviates a lot of the risk - as a 5lb ****** off hen is way more than most cats want to deal with.

I have a whole bunch of cats - a pair that were found on the side of the road at about 4-6 months each, who are fantastic mousers but don't bother the chicks/ducklings in the house/garage in the spring, some straight up house-cats that get to go outside occasionally (and are terrified of the birds), and some relocated ferals that we use for rodent control around the farm - and typically the only interaction they have with the poultry is getting chased around by my rooster.

I'd trust a feral cat in my yard before I'd trust 99% of trained dogs. Yes, things could go wrong, but it's rare - the cats have better things to do than risk getting spurred. I trust my dogs, but that's only after a ton of training - way more than most people are willing to go through.

post #44 of 44

Agree, CrazyTalk - I think dogs are a worse threat. Nevertheless I've known cats that killed chickens. So in my own life experience - cats will kill chickens if they have the chance. They are opportunistic and will kill (usually) young chickens if they can. And again - as I said before - this doesn't mean that all cats kill chickens, or that they always kill chickens - but they will, if they think it will work out well for them. And again I've personally owned a cat that regularly brought down full-grown cottontail rabbits. 

 

I guess I think of it like coyotes. We have a ton of coyotes here but they spend all their time digging up pocket gophers and prairie dogs. Every time I've lost an animal people want to blame the coyotes; every time, it's been domestic dogs. But just because these particular coyotes don't kill chickens, it doesn't mean that coyotes don't kill chickens; they sure will, if the circumstance is right. 

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