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Cats and adult chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mikeeeeeeeeee, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. Mikeeeeeeeeee

    Mikeeeeeeeeee Songster

    Jul 20, 2007
    All 3 of my cats are just normal sized.
    I have 7 chickens that are full grown.
    If I decided to free range, what would be the outcome?

    The cats look like they THINK they would like to be able to get at the chickens. I think my big BR roo would give them a lesson.
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I was told from some very wise people on there that cats don't go after chickens and the chickens would put them in their place if they did. Let us know what happens.
  3. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    None of the cats that frequent my barns and sheds are the least bit bothered by the chickens. And the chickens don't seem to care about them either. The only problem comes with chicks that look like a tender morsel (and are easier to catch than the mice they're looking for).
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I was seriously thinking of getting some cats to keep in my chicken runs. I pull the eggs and hatch them myself, or use broodies in the broodie motel. Baby chicks wouldn't be a problem. Just wonder though about introducing them...
  5. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    none of my cats bother our chickens in anyway. our neighbor's barn cats come over all the time and are terrified of them!

    our indoor cats don't mess with the chicks in the brooders, either. and they aren't covered.

    it probably depends on the animal, i am sure. as soon as i would say, "oh, no cats won't bother your chickens!" there will be a thread started on

    my dog, a Treeing Walker Hound, thinks she is everyone's mom. she has to check each chick and 'kiss' it.
  6. Bammony

    Bammony Red-dress-less

    Aug 15, 2008
    Salina, Utah
    All I can say is.....
    This cat was lucky there was a fence between her and that hen. My hen would've had no problem whoopin up on that cat. We've NEVER had any cats go after our birds, but we have had MANY cats run from our birds. I just got to lookin at that pic....doesn't it look like the hen is thinkin, "Just try it!"! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2008
  7. Appytaz

    Appytaz Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Central Florida
    We have 2 cats and have never had a problem with the chickens. I really thought we might when we firsts moved to the new house (it came with about 40 chickens) but, my city cats haven't had any problems.
  8. whatsup chickenbutt

    whatsup chickenbutt Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    I have a cat that is a serious mouser, birder, whatever, brings us something new everyday, and she has absolutely no interest in the chickens. In fact just the other day I looked out to see the banty rooster half her size chase her across the yard. Oh, and another night, i went out to the barn and the cat and the banty were both asleep on the floor.
  9. Lonomakana

    Lonomakana In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2008
    Pa'auhau, Hawaii
    My neighbors have 8 semi-feral cats who are very tough, but they don't mess with my chickens. However, they like to lay around and watch the hens. One of the cats "Aunty Fraidy" sleeps in one of the nest boxes during the day. A couple of weeks ago, I opened the nest box flap and found her in there. I scooted her out and realized she'd been sitting on 3 eggs. Can a cat go broody? haha
  10. Possum Manor West

    Possum Manor West In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2008
    Leicester, NC
    Our cats spends the day with the chickens. He has never hurt one, but he likes to tease them. He will flick his tail as they walk by, and they run screaming. Most of them are bigger than he is, but I worry that when they get to laying age, he will stress them. So, we got a rooster, just to keep him out. So far, so good.

    One of our dogs did kill a Red when she got out of the pen. I think he was playing, but dead she was anyway.

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