Can cats eat baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Elrodvo, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Elrodvo

    Elrodvo In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2017
    Hey guys. I am wondering if cats can eat baby chicks because I seem to notice that 9 of my baby chicks in the backyard are gone. I did a count and we had like 28 baby chicks. Now we have like 15. I started thinking and I was thinking about that cat that always goes into our backyard. If this is the cause, what should I do? I even have a fence for the baby chicks and they are still disappearing.

  2. Lucyluvchickens

    Lucyluvchickens Chirping

    Jan 27, 2017
    Dripping Springs, Texas
    YES they will definitely try to eat them. How old are they? Do you have a chicken tractor you can keep them in? Or just rap around chicken wire?
    Sorry about the loss [​IMG]
  3. Minnowey

    Minnowey Chirping

    Dec 30, 2016
    Northwest Oregon
    Cats will DEFINITELY eat baby chicks. We have lots of feral cats we feed around here (maybe not the best idea, but we can't stand watching them go hungry), who eat baby chicks. Or rather, would if I allowed them to. When we let our chicks loose, I check on them constanly, and herd them in if any cats are around. 9 is a lot to lose to a cat, I send sympathy.
  4. Elrodvo

    Elrodvo In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2017
    @Lucyluvchickens I have 12 baby chicks that are getting their white feathers. Their feathers are almost fully white. 5 baby chicks that are small but growing. We also use chicken wires. I think the cat can literally jump over the chicken wire... I also have a chicken tractor we keep them in.

  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Yep, cats will happily eat baby chicks. Seems to be until about 2 moths is the vulnerable age. After that, I've only had problems with them taking Silkies, who aren't very bright to start with [​IMG]

    You need to predator proof the chick's enclosure. Or do away with the cats.
  6. MigraineMan

    MigraineMan Chirping

    Mar 11, 2017
    Frederick, Maryland
    You betcha. Domestic cats are running the same software as their larger cousins ...

  7. Birdinhand

    Birdinhand Songster

    May 23, 2016
    hardware cloth is the only thing I trust anymore, over all sides and top and even down into the ground if possible. the thing is that there are so many things that would absolutely enjoy the tasty snack, cats, coons, foxes, coyotes, possum, dogs... the list goes on and on! hardware cloth should be called chicken wire, not the stuff with large enough openings for critters to get it, it's kind of a travesty!

  8. MageofMist

    MageofMist Songster

    Dec 9, 2016
    I am lucky my cat, who hunts wild birds, doesn't care much about the chicks I brood and care for, probably since they smell like me or something, whether they be chicken chicks or quail chicks. I still keep a keen eye on them, but the babies happily snuggle against her as she snoozes and the most she does is sleepily sniff at them and purr to get me to pet her more, and when me and the chicks are outside, Angel keeps an eye out for stranger cats who WILL hunt my babies, as well as acting as a natural scarecrow for any crows or magpies that may try and snatch up a chick.

    She has always been more of a dog than a cat though, following me around like a shadow, as well as maintaining eye contact with me when she wants me to pay attention to her or when begging for food, and while it sounds crazy to many, me and Angel can kinda communicate with one-another akin to a dog owner does with their canine companion, via body language and voice tone, I even can get her to do tricks, if she is in the mood for it. I still would never leave the chicks alone with her though, no matter how docile she acts with them around me, seeing them alone and running about could trigger her hunting instincts, or she could try playing with one and seriously harm it by accident.

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