Cat in the hen house!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ang, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. Ang

    Ang Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    West Central Illinois
    This morning I opened the coop door and started to break the ice out of the water bowls. I happened to glance over and saw a cat curled up in a nest box! She is one of ours and has been known to hang out with the chickens. I am not sure if she got shut in or if she opened the hinged lid to the nest boxes and crawled in. The nest boxes are an old doghouse that we made into 3 sections and so they are long and can actually hold about 4 hens. The cat and a hen were curled up together in one of the boxes. Cracked me up!
  2. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    That's funny, guess when your cold you just want to snuggle. [​IMG]
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Where is the camera when you need one? (I have that problem too!) I have a couple of cats that love to be by the chickens. [​IMG]
  4. elliemb

    elliemb In the Brooder

    Sep 22, 2007
    I have 5 barn cats that I keep in the chicken coop all winter long. They don't seem to mind hanging out together. Often when I come in there is a ball of cats sleeping under the heat lamp, so cute! Occasionally one mamacat and my big barred rock girl have "words", but I think the barred rock is just reminding the cat who pays the eggs of course!
  5. Princessferf

    Princessferf In the Brooder

    Nov 30, 2007
    Our barn cats don't hang out in the coop, unless the chickens are out free ranging. Once one of our cats got shut in the coop for the night, but the inside of our coop is split into a "chicken side" and a "people side" (where we store the feed, tools, etc.). The cat was on the people side and simply curled up in the straw bales to stay warm. Thankfully it didn't get very cold that night! But she sure was hungry when we opened up the coop the next day.
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I have 2 outside cats that love to stay in the henhouse...curl up in a nest box in the evenings...sometimes I just leave them in overnight...never know, they might catch a mouse!..
  7. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Kodak moment - what a delightful sight it must have been to see the kitty and the hen "nesting" together.
  8. Itsme

    Itsme Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    NW Wisconsin
    yep I have coop cats!

    I've told the story before but I think its worth hearing again. [​IMG]

    A female stray showed up last summer,skin and bones and pregnant of course! [​IMG]

    I fed her and fattened her up good, she gave birth in one of the nest boxes..... [​IMG] she had two babies, one only lived a few weeks [​IMG] But now her and her remaining baby are my coop cats [​IMG]

    By the way they are both spay now too........[​IMG]
  9. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    That is really sweet! our outside cat quite staying in the backyard when I got the chickens, guess they make too much noise for him!

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