Barn Cats and Black Labs

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

  1. avictoriam2014

    avictoriam2014 New Egg

    Jun 22, 2016

    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!!!

  2. AK Chick

    AK Chick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2016
    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

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO

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