Are cats much of a threat?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Cockam-amy, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. Cockam-amy

    Cockam-amy Out Of The Brooder

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    I am wondering how much I need to worry about neighbor cats as a threat to my chickens. During the day they basically free range in my vegetable garden (it's been such a cool summer I haven't gotten much out of the garden anyway) and my Great Pyrenees pretty much keeps the cats at bay. But at night we bring in the dog due to his barking habits, and I have found cat poop in the sandy areas of our yard--not by the chickens though. I was just wondering how concerned I should be.
    Thanks!!
     
  2. MistyValley

    MistyValley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have cats and kittens both on my place. I've seen the kittens stalking the chickens but they are not quite sure they should. They ckickens are much bigger then they are. The older cats don't even pay any attention to them.Our ducks will chase them.

    Do you put your chickens up at night? I would think with the dog up and night and the chickens in a good enclosed area they should be fine.
     
  3. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    My Neighbors young cat has been chasing my chickens. My dogs break it up and if I see the cat do it he gets yelled at and a firm no. He knows he is not supposed to touch the chickens but if he doesn't stop, I will have to "up" my correction.
    I think is the one who injured my Buff Brahma Bantam Rooster. Pretty sure he jumped on him and injured the Roosters back.

    The other cats could care less about the chickens.
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I think you would only have to worry about young chicks but older hens should be fine. They are a little big for cats to mess with. I have wild cats always watching mine and never had an attack yet. I only let my adult hens free range though.
     
  5. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
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    I have always had cats with my chickens. Like the others said, the birds are much bigger. When they do try and chase them, the squawking scares them away. Never lost one because of my cats.
     
  6. sm0kin

    sm0kin Out Of The Brooder

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    i lost a chicken a couple days ago to my daughter's cat. It would appear the cat was waiting under the coop and as a chicken walked by he must have grabbed the chicken. I found the hen under the coop when it was time for them to go in.
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've lost more chickens to cats...both feral and tame...than any other predators.
     

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