Babies' first dust bath + cats (pics)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JennsPeeps, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    "Wonder if that tastes like chicken?"
    Rudy, my cat, watching the babies take their first dust bath.
    Chicks, top to bottom are:
    Dumpling, Barred rock
    Nugget, RIR
    Gwenevyre, Black Star

    "What the heck are those things doing NOW?"
    This is Mira. She doesn't like the chicks at all but is very curious about them.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2008
  2. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Ummm, I hope those cats don't someday get motivated to experience for themselves how those chicks feel or taste. Perhaps you should continue to monitor their times together. I wouldn't trust any cat to be alone with chicks of any size.

    They're safe there with you close enough to snap photos, and make for really cute pictures too. Thanks for sharing.
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    The cats are pretty old (10 & 11). We do watch them with an eagle eye but neither has made a move toward the chicks in the month we've had them. They're more curious than anything... curiousity that has been rewarded with pecked whiskers, paws, and tails! The kitties give the chicks a pretty wide berth. In fact, the cats keep our neighbors' cats out of our yard!
  4. Suess hens

    Suess hens Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Altadena, CA
    Your cats are like one of our dogs. While the dogs aren't in the yard with the chickens, they watch through the fence. Last night when all were in their coop I let the Aussie in to see...she wouldn't go past the gate, she just looked from there and took off. I think she may have had her nose pecked through the slats in the fence, she didn't want to get any closer.
    Great pics....I love the way the chose their dust bath spots.
  5. xanaxnation

    xanaxnation Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    lol how cute! my cats still try to swat my girls through the coop fencing... but theyre still pretty young and havent been pecked.. yet.
  6. Sharp inhalation.

    All of our cats are 100% separated from our birds 100% of the time. Oh my...
  7. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    My cats are terrified of the chickens. They'll watch for a few minutes, but as soon as one flaps it wings, effectively tripling in size, the cats take off running.
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Depending upon your opinions of whether cats & chicks can get along, you'll either like or hate this pic of Rudy watching the chicks when they were around 2 weeks old. He sat like this for roughly 20 mins and the babies went right up to him, checked him out & decided he was boring, then went back to pecking at specks on the kitchen floor.

    Last edited: Jun 25, 2008
  9. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Songster

    May 8, 2008
    my barn owner has a large flock of chickens and two barn cats. She hasnt lost a chicken to one of the cats in 3 years. Has lost them to a neighbors loose dog though
  10. tunaoftheland

    tunaoftheland Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    It would make me nervous, but they are very cute pictures. Especially the one of Rudy licking his nose while watching them!

    One of my cats is afraid of the chickens (he got bit by a hamster and chased by my rabbit as a kitten and is a fraidy cat for life) but the other one just sits and watches at a respectful distance like yours. I don't think she'd do anything, but I keep the fence between them just in case.

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