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I just saw a cat pacing around my coop a moment ago (around 10PM), and this is the first time I've seen a cat in my yard. I'm just wondering if anyone here has experience with cats eating their chickens. I'm not concerned at night, since my hens are always locked in and secured, but I'm kind of worried about the day time when they're free ranging. Any info on this would be much appreciated!

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Chickens: 3 EEs, 2 White Leghorns, 2 RIRs, 2 Black Australorps, and 1 mixed breed.
Quails: 23 Texas A&M Whites.
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Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Chickens: 3 EEs, 2 White Leghorns, 2 RIRs, 2 Black Australorps, and 1 mixed breed.
Quails: 23 Texas A&M Whites.
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post #2 of 154

I've lost more chickens to barn cats than any other predator, so yes, cats will eat chickens.

I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #3 of 154

I have never saw a housecat take down a full grown chicken. With hungry feral cats and wildcats it is possible.

Never lose sight of what got you where you are today.
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Never lose sight of what got you where you are today.
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post #4 of 154

my cats get along well with my chickens

father of RIR, NHR, golden comets, black sex links, dominiques, silver laced wyandottes, turkens, barred rocks, EE's, 2 pairs of OEGB self blues, and a horde of silkie, leghorn, RIR chicks, 2 baby geese and a maturing pekin duck. 25 assorted eggs in my bator!
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father of RIR, NHR, golden comets, black sex links, dominiques, silver laced wyandottes, turkens, barred rocks, EE's, 2 pairs of OEGB self blues, and a horde of silkie, leghorn, RIR chicks, 2 baby geese and a maturing pekin duck. 25 assorted eggs in my bator!
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post #5 of 154

Yes in differernt stages.

Chicks are attacked fist.  Unless mama hen is a good broody.

When the chicks turn adolesance they are easy targets cause they tend to explore on their own.

Then when they are completely get left by mom they are apt to getting attacked.

Adults, with my banty crew.  Will be hunted due to size. plus they are often skittish and an attack happens. 

Big chooks, I have never seen my large gals get hunted by cats in my neck of the woods.  but there is always a first.

Hope this helps...

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post #6 of 154
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Thanks for the prompt reply, everyone!

Katy: Barn cats? Sorry if I sound ignorant, but are those the same as house cats or are they wild cats?

1acrefarm: I think the cat I saw maybe my neighbor's cat... So it's probably a domesticated cat. Any suggestions on how to protect my chickens from neighbors' cats?

dave_Cash69: I wish it was my cat... Then I wouldn't have to worry so much. Do you know if your neighbor's cats get along with your chickens also?

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Chickens: 3 EEs, 2 White Leghorns, 2 RIRs, 2 Black Australorps, and 1 mixed breed.
Quails: 23 Texas A&M Whites.
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Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Chickens: 3 EEs, 2 White Leghorns, 2 RIRs, 2 Black Australorps, and 1 mixed breed.
Quails: 23 Texas A&M Whites.
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post #7 of 154
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Originally Posted by Rainbowbirds-of-a-Feather 

Yes in differernt stages.

Chicks are attacked fist.  Unless mama hen is a good broody.

When the chicks turn adolesance they are easy targets cause they tend to explore on their own.

Then when they are completely get left by mom they are apt to getting attacked.

Adults, with my banty crew.  Will be hunted due to size. plus they are often skittish and an attack happens. 

Big chooks, I have never seen my large gals get hunted by cats in my neck of the woods.  but there is always a first.

Hope this helps...


Thanks! That's very helpful. My chickens are all full sized (or soon to be), so that helps me feel a little better. However, I'll still keep an eye out when my adult hens free range, just in case... better safe than sorry. As for my teenage pullets, I'll make sure they get plenty of protection until they've grown to their full size. Thanks again for your helpful post! smile

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Chickens: 3 EEs, 2 White Leghorns, 2 RIRs, 2 Black Australorps, and 1 mixed breed.
Quails: 23 Texas A&M Whites.
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Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Chickens: 3 EEs, 2 White Leghorns, 2 RIRs, 2 Black Australorps, and 1 mixed breed.
Quails: 23 Texas A&M Whites.
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post #8 of 154

i actually introduced my obese house cat to my chickens thru the run and she was terrified she couldnt get her fat little brain wrapped around the fact that God made us birds larger than a blue jay lol so i have no fear of my cat eeeever getting loose and going all animal planet on my chickens shes terrified of them lol lol

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post #9 of 154
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Originally Posted by mahen8622 

i actually introduced my obese house cat to my chickens thru the run and she was terrified she couldnt get her fat little brain wrapped around the fact that God made us birds larger than a blue jay lol so i have no fear of my cat eeeever getting loose and going all animal planet on my chickens shes terrified of them lol lol


That's funny... lol Ya, I wouldn't be so concerned if the cat was mine, but when it's not my own cat, there's no knowing how it will behave around my hens. Thanks for for your comments, God bless!

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Chickens: 3 EEs, 2 White Leghorns, 2 RIRs, 2 Black Australorps, and 1 mixed breed.
Quails: 23 Texas A&M Whites.
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Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Chickens: 3 EEs, 2 White Leghorns, 2 RIRs, 2 Black Australorps, and 1 mixed breed.
Quails: 23 Texas A&M Whites.
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post #10 of 154

I have a very tame house/outside cat who can take down a chicken in one shot, and the chicken was DOA before it hit the ground. I have seen him do it and was mortified. He is kinda like a dog and tells me when he needs to go out to potty and follows me around the yard. It just so happened when we were outside a chicken wandered up and before I could blink it was over. My girls and guys are all safe in a fully inclosed pen to protect them as he was here first, and has run of the place........Long story, but just to explain, be very careful with your girls and don't trust any cat!!!

Mother to two great adult boys, and a 19 year old Yorki/Pom mix.  Right now chickenless  :(

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Mother to two great adult boys, and a 19 year old Yorki/Pom mix.  Right now chickenless  :(

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