Are cats real predators are just PESTS

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChickInDelight, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Cat preyed upon and killed a chicken.

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  2. Cat has frightened chickens into injuring themselves.

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  3. Cat is just an unwelcome pest.

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  1. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

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    You forgot


    None of the above
     
  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

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    Cats are a real pest and do some serious and expensive damage.

    Interesting timing, though. A fellow on a different forum just reported that he caught a stray cat in the act of killing one of his hens.
     
  3. SebrightLuver

    SebrightLuver Songster

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    My cats keep away the mice, rats and wild birds. They have never touched a chicken and I trust them around day old chicks. On my farm they are more then welcome.
     
  4. SebrightLuver

    SebrightLuver Songster

    Jul 5, 2011
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  5. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

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    I don't see the option I need..."My cat thinks she is a chicken!" I have one of those. [​IMG]
     
  6. SebrightLuver

    SebrightLuver Songster

    Jul 5, 2011
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    I don't see the option I need..."My cat thinks she is a chicken!" I have one of those. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Yep! In the winter my cats and chickens cuddle under the heatlamp. Aswell as the duck and geese [​IMG] The chickens like the cat food and the cats like the chicken food too [​IMG] strange animals! LOL
     
  7. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    Thank goodness my big birds really are big, but I have lost WAY to many chicks to cats who have gotten into brooders. They are my #1 preditors here. They have attacked the bigger birds and I've treated scrathes, but I've been able to hear the chickens scream during attacks and chase the cats off. I used to love cats, but just this close to completely hating them now. And yes my brooders were closed and solid. I have yet to figure out how they've done it.
     
  8. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    Oh- I did not think I needed None of the Above becuase when I voted - I had a null vote option.

    I just caught my best hunter, a female raised in the wild for the first 4 months of life, in pounce position. When my mallard walked by, she went for a hiney swat. I chatised her. I think it was a play action of opportunity. My cats and dogs play and tussel pretty roughly sometimes.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Meet Kitty!

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    All two pounds of her. She has tried to take down my 8 and 9 lb. brahma hens; which is why Kitty is now an indoors only cat.

    P.S. She's a former feral which I think has something to do with it.
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2011
  10. bloom_ss

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    Quote:x2 My dog does the same. [​IMG]
     

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