How does he do with the chickens?
Curious - do you feed him a normal amount of feed or do you make him catch most or all of his own feed?
He is great with chickens but chicks under 3 weeks old get treated like mice. I feed him various amounts depending on the season. In the winter he gets more food than any other time of year. But as for making him catch things, he does that on his own even when he is over fed on processing days. He has caught wild birds, mice, small bunnies, and a chipmunk or two. He does not show them to me like my other cats do but I see him eating his catches. But on the days right after processing then he'll show me what he caught and not really eat it.
Aw darn. If it wasn't for the chick eating I would take him. My barn cat passed away, she was pretty old. I have huey's ducklings, and her daughters about to hatch her brood too. Its easier for me to let the muscovy hatch their own, and saves incubator space too.
All of my barn cats tend to eat anything small that moves including chicks. But this one does it the least. When he was under a year he would not eat them unless they were already dead. He actually cuddled an escaped chick a couple of times back then. But I would not trust him today near a chick in a brooder box. I'm not too sure if a momma brooder would let him near her chicks / ducklings though.
I do know he is free of fleas as he got his generic frontline treatment this morning.