barnyard cat question

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dandydoodle, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    georgia
    How do you get your barn cats use to your chickens. We just got 3 barn kittens, they are 3 months old. I want to get them use to each other so the cats don't kill the chickens. What do I do? I really wanted them to keep the rats away.

    Thanks,
    Michelle
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Are your chickens adults? Standard sized? If so, just turn the kittens loose. The hens will keep them in line.
     
  3. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    georgia
    They are bantams.
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Well, for what it's worth, I have standards and a bantam hen and I've never had a problem with barn cats bothering my adult chickens. Wouldn't trust them with chicks, but adults have been no problem. (I've had OEGBs in the past, free ranging and the cats never bothered them, either)
     
  5. afveteran88

    afveteran88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 barn cats thet have been around just as long as my chickens and I have never had a problem. The cats actually like to sleep in the coop with my girls. I have gone out on many mornings to find the cats sleeping in the nesting boxes. This afternoon the each had a mouse as a present for me when I went out to gather eggs.
     
  6. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    georgia
    Are OEGBs small? I am worried about my faverolles. They are tiny especially the girls.
     
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, OEGBs are small.
     

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