1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

Any tips for keeping cat out of nesting box?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by stearnj, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. stearnj

    stearnj In the Brooder

    Dec 11, 2016
    One of my cats thinks curling up for an afternoon snooze in the nesting box is the best thing. Trouble is - when my hens want to lay their area is occupied. I have a small open dog kennel and have put straw in there so the chooks have an alternative if the nesting box is cat occupied. If I catch the cat in there a squirt with the water pistol sees her running - but on warm summer days she just goes back to her favourite spot ...

  2. silly silkies

    silly silkies In the Brooder

    Dec 3, 2016
    what i would do is keep the cat out of the coop. make a bed for the cat so it has some where else to sleep and maybe if you do make a new house train the cat to know that this is where you sleep. (by giving it treats and pets in the new bed) Hope this helped [​IMG]
    1 person likes this.
  3. stearnj

    stearnj In the Brooder

    Dec 11, 2016
    Yes ... cat has a bed ... but it is in the house and nowhere near the chicken coop. She just loves that nesting box spot!!
  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    A good rooster will keep her out, that is if you can have roosters.

    My rooster helped me train my dog not to bother the hens. (I obviously had to train and treat appropriately, but I could always tell when the dog was wandering too close to the flock). Ol Barney has no hesitation at taking out after my small dog after the dog chased a hen or two.

    Never keep a rooster if it is human aggressive however.

    Last edited: Dec 21, 2016
  5. KarateHorse

    KarateHorse Chirping

    Oct 13, 2016
    Maybe put some straw in your cat's bed and show it to her. Maybe she just wants straw to lay on. If that doesn't work I agree to get a rooster or guinea fowl. We have a pair of guineas. A neighbor's cat got into our chicken run. When our guineas saw it they charged at it and set off an alarm. They never hurt the cat they just scared it half to death. It hasn't been back.
  6. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Songster

    Feb 28, 2013
    Northwest Hills of CT
    Can you add another nesting box or two? That way the chickens always have an open box regardless of where the cat is!
    1 person likes this.
  7. Who is in charge you or the cat? If its you evict the cat, if its the cat then deal with it.

    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016

  8. JanetMarie

    JanetMarie Crowing

    Oct 23, 2014
    I agree, if you do this problem is solved.
  9. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2016
    Surrounded by the Amish

    I think that would work best.
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Agrees, this^^^ might be a good solution.

    If it's even a problem that the cat is sleeping there.
    How many birds and how many nests do you have?
    Are the birds laying elsewhere....do they really want the 'cat nest'??

    A 'coop cat' that doesn't hurt chickens might not a bad thing to have, can keep rodents down.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by