Can hens defend themselves against cats?

happymom99

Songster
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Mar 6, 2011
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If a cat were to get into the fenced area where my 12-16 week old chickens are, could/would themselves against a cat? Do cats typically go after chickens?

Thank you,
CJ
 

JulieNKC

Crowing
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Sep 25, 2010
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Kansas City
My large fowl full grown chickens have never been messed with by a cat. I did have some stray cats terrorize my leghorns and EE when they were about 10 weeks old though, so I'd be careful til they are full grown.
 

Kitt

Songster
8 Years
Apr 1, 2011
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Texas
The cats leave my grown hens and roos alone but will mess with the small ones. I'd watch them.
 

Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
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Sep 7, 2008
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It is rare to see a post where someone has seen a cat go after a full grown chicken, but there have been a few.
I have house, outdoor and feral cats, none mess with the chickens. The hens will chase them off their food, so I need to protect the cats from the hens.

Imp
 

memiller123

In the Brooder
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May 3, 2009
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I agree with the other posts, be careful with chicks, but full grown hens are usually ok. I have a cat that was stalking my hens, just waiting for the chance to pounce one. She finally got up the nerve and was easily chased off by the hen. Now the cat and the hens get along well; they even eat together.
 

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