I have read a bunch about those felines here and whether or not they will kill adult chickens.
Opinions seem to be divided - half the folks say yes, the other half no.
Being a birdfreak and a former rehabber for many years, my knowledge about cats relates primarily to birds.
Well fed and cared for cats still have the hardwired hunting instinct and they are super efficient killers of birds and other animals. If they eat any parts of a killed bird it will usually be the liver, they leave the rest of the body.
Not so with truly feral cats who need to kill to eat and survive - they eat what they kill.
There are dozens of semi-ferals roaming around 24/7 where I live. Those "belong" to humans but are left outside by themselves with just food and water.
Recently, one of my neighbors had his 15 hens killed by a cat I know, who is a young, pretty mellow tom, friendly too. This cat`s humans also have chickens.
I have watched him make a run for the hens and being attacked and scared off by the rooster.
Something doesn`t jive - the killed hens were a breed about three times the size of those the cat lives with. Plus their three roosters did not protect them.
On the other hand, I have watched two burly at large/semi-feral tomcats sneak up on adult turkeys and try to catch them.
Yes, some folks here say cats are solitary hunters. Maybe some are, maybe many are.
But I believe what I can observe, and that is at least some cats will do teamwork.
There are lots of big kitties/cougars where I live, said to be solitary hunters too.
However, some evidence is beginning to emerge, proving that is not necessarily the case. What convinced me is pictures taken by a friend of five cougars having taken down an adult elk bull in her driveway! Shades of African lions....
The question I have is this :
Can and will [at least some] domestic cats climb fences and tear out double layered deer netting covering a chicken enclosure/run?
My fence consists of three layers : a very heavy horse fence [8X6" "mesh"], lined on the inside with 4X2" mesh field fencing which is lined inside of it with chicken wire - all is 5 feet tall.
The dimensions of the enclosure are 45X16 feet, half is shaded with dense cedar bushes, the rest is open, all is covered with aforementioned deer netting.
What do y`all think??
Thanks for your time and input,