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Glad I came across this thread.  I let my 4 chickens out this weekend to free range for the first time.  They stayed pretty close to my barn where they live and didn't wander to far.  I was working at the barn so I could keep a close eye on them.  My house is frequented by at least two hawks on a fairly regular basis.  So, as I was keeping an eye on the chickens, I kept my eyes trained on the sky.  At one point I could only see two of the hens.  I went looking for the other two and found them on the other side of the barn out of sight.  When I got to that side and found them, there was a new cat that I had never seen before about 25 yds away staring at the hens.  I was wondering if a cat could take away a full size hen and sounds like it can.  Guess I better looking up as well as down for predators.

Rob

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Glad I came across this thread.  I let my 4 chickens out this weekend to free range for the first time.  They stayed pretty close to my barn where they live and didn't wander to far.  I was working at the barn so I could keep a close eye on them.  My house is frequented by at least two hawks on a fairly regular basis.  So, as I was keeping an eye on the chickens, I kept my eyes trained on the sky.  At one point I could only see two of the hens.  I went looking for the other two and found them on the other side of the barn out of sight.  When I got to that side and found them, there was a new cat that I had never seen before about 25 yds away staring at the hens.  I was wondering if a cat could take away a full size hen and sounds like it can.  Guess I better looking up as well as down for predators.

Rob

I would really like to let my birds free range. But the cosequences are just too great.

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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post #13 of 13

Hey folks .. couldn’t help myself, I had to chime in ;)

 

I am a responsible cat owner, having two indoor cats who have an enclosed outdoor play area.  They are lead trained and get to go for walks; this is not only for their safety but also the safety of the wildlife and the fact that I do not think it is fair to my neighbours to have my animals intruding on their lives.  Sadly, my neighbours are not of the same mindset.

 

Blooie I have lost count of the number of times I have been chastised for “not letting cats be cats and hunt and prowl etc” and “it is cruel to keep them inside”.  I rescued my cats from a shelter and both the shelter and the Vet have advised that the average life span of an outdoor cat is 3 years, while the average life span of an indoor cat is 12-14 years .. cruel?  My cats are spoiled rotten and have many cat towers and toys.

 

However, the neighbour across the road has a cat who visits our property regularly and who I do not trust.  He likes to lay in our driveway but has not ventured into the back yard [yet].

 

I have made my coop and run as safe as I can and free range is always supervised.  I chase away the neighbours cat whenever I see him and I would never hurt him but trust me, if I ever find him close to my gals, my neighbour is going to learn that I have a dark side :somad

 

I have told them that I have chickens and that their cat visits my property but when they see him laying on the driveway, they ignore it and just smile.

 

I wonder if they will be smiling when they are down at the animal shelter paying to get their cat back? [Or, if they would even bother].

 

I will stop because I could go on for hours, but it really peeves me that I am a responsible cat owner but my gals are ‘not safe’ because of the irresponsible pet owners.

 

I have no doubt that the neighbour’s cat will get run over one day but they will just go out and get another one! :duc 


Edited by Teila - 12/2/15 at 1:06pm

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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