Barn Cats and Black Labs

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by avictoriam2014, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. avictoriam2014

    avictoriam2014 New Egg

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    Hello!

    I currently have three Cochin Bantams, and I want them to be free range during the day. I am a little worried since they're smaller, because I have barn cats and stray cats wandering my property a lot. I also have two labs, who naturally want to chase them. The labs I think I can train to keep away, as they do well with everything else I've introduced them to, but what do you all do about cats? I know chickens can fight and protect themselves, but these are smaller.....any suggestions? Or will I always have to have them caged in? Thanks!!!

    Ariana
     
  2. AK Chick

    AK Chick Out Of The Brooder

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    It's not just terrestrial predators you have to watch for. Owls, hawks, eagles, even large ravens can be a real problem. In my humble opinion, chickens do best when protected from above as well as from the ground. What works for us is a fenced chicken run, with netting over the top to keep the aerial predators out. We keep the run nice-smelling with hay or sawdust on the ground. With all the loose dogs in my area, I've got to keep them contained. I lost an escapee to my neighbor's chocolate lab last summer, and had to demand payment or replacement, which I got. Good luck.
     
  3. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

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