Cat a Predator?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Barnyard Dawg, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been noticing a cat that I have never seen before, viewing my chickens. Last evening the cat actually came into the yard I noticed my chickens go on alert making noise and their necks out streched, should I consider this a predator and a threat to my chickens? I would feel better knowing the cat belonged to someone and not a wild cat I observed no collar. The cat is between 6-8 #'s maybe, the adult chickens seem agitated by it's presents.
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    OH ya I would watch the cat...pet or not it will eat chicken!~
     
  3. summerwindsfarm

    summerwindsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Occasionally a cat will catch an adult chicken but its not very likely. Cats are curious about chickens but usually end up scared of them. My hens take the cats food away from them lol.

    They *will* get young chicks without a mother to protect them though and very small bantam birds.

    And a cat that belongs to someone is just as likely to do that as a feral cat. Cats are natural born hunters..they dont have to be hungry to hunt. But adult chickens are really too big for them to consider prey..mostly they just sit and watch them.
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    A cat usually won't even attempt to catch an adult hen, unless it is starving.

    Chances are its just curious
     
  5. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My cat "loves" my baby chicks & I double cage them to protect them from him. And, today, he even tried to get one of my huge Buff Orpingtons as well. I don't think he would have succeeded, but he did TRY!!

    That cat needs a bell maybe??! [​IMG]
     
  6. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Yesterday, I saw my 3 month old leghorn pullet chasing one of my barn cats. Then she had a whole flock running after her! The poor kitty!
     
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    We house a colony of ferals in the same barn as the chickens BUT we use biosecurity to keep them separated, can you see the predatory instinct in their eyes? We appreciate them at another level, though, NO RODENTS! [​IMG]

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    Last edited: Jun 18, 2008
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My only major losses have been due to neighborhood cats and feral cats. Stepped out the door in time to see a 5 lb cat rip the throat out of one of my Orpingtons a few months back.
     

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