18 hens, 2 roosters, 1 cockerel, 6 chicks at 5 weeks old, 2 dogs and a cat!! Do barn cats add anything to a farm??? Seriously though, my chickens eat the mice, frogs and other such critters. I'm not sure if hubby got the cat as a pet or another farm item. He's already had it in the house once. If that cat keeps getting brought in I'm locking it and hubby in the barn.
Amen, sister! I don't like cats living indoors either...they can visit from time to time, but must be outside for their living. Love cats but they can't live fully and well unless they are outdoors doing what cats love to do.
Barn cats can really keep many pests away from the garden and orchard...voles, moles, cicadas, birds, squirrels, rabbits, etc. A good cat or two are invaluable on a homestead. I just got 3 kittens as we have been without a good cat for far too long and the rabbits and squirrels are taking over where the dog's boundary does not reach/cover. Hope at least one or two survive the grey foxes and coyotes long enough to clear out some of the pests so I can actually have an apple harvest.