CAT in run!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CarriBrown, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    DH found a cat in the run while he was checking on the chickens tonight!! Is this something I need to be worried about?
    I've never seen a cat around here because I have three dogs, two being cat killers, but this happened just now in the pitch dark!
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  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Unless you have chicks or really tiny birds, they should be fine. If anything... I would say they were after the mouse you didn't see!

    There are always exceptions though.
     
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Quote:That's what DH and I were thinking but we weren't sure. I know our dogs love the lay pellets so I don't see why a cat wouldn't try to eat some, either. We also have to keep on top of the rats and mice around here, so maybe you're right- The cat is looking for a rodent.
    I have a Silkie who is trying to brood under the coop [​IMG] by herself. She is very docile... Do you think the cat would try to harm her?
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That sorta depends on the cat. Most cats wont take on a full grown chicken. I had a stray tomcat that I fed for years and he often encountered my girls while they were freeranging. They'd cackle loudly and he'd take off in the opposite direction. I know we have some other cats here because I've caught glimpses of them from time to time, but I'm not worried about them with my birds. If I had youngsters less than a couple of months old outside, I might worry a little, though.
     
  5. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    OK, that's good to hear. Sounds like this cat won't be a problem. We just went back out to check on them. Gwen is in the coop and hopefully she'll stay there. And, because he looked so cute sleeping, I had to grab Hotwing and give him kisses and hugs. We brought him in a weighed him again... 7-3/4 lbs! And out of all the birds, he's the biggest SISSY!
     
  6. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    out of my 3 chickens, and my 7 or so months having them, each one has been attacked, chased, cornered, etc, by my neighbors cats. I have made many changes to the coop/run, but never enough i guess. Next week I hope to buy a cat trap/raccoon trap.
     
  7. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I would be concerned with a neighborhood cat coming in to the pens. I have lost three large orpington hens to house cats.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    They must grow em tough up there! I've never seen a cat that wasn't pretty spooked by chickens. How big are those house cats to take on an Orp hen?
     
  9. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I have 7 cats outside during the day, 4 are mine and 3 are feral. My 4 males that go outside are 12-14 pounds of muscle, they catch and eat squirrels. They wouldn't dream for going into the chicken pen. I'd be afraid if a cat got to one chicken alone but a flock of chickens are safe from cats.
     
  10. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    If the Silkie hatches out her nest, the babies will not be safe with a cat around, though...
     

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