CATS ARE THEY A FRET TO CHICKEN'S ?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ross, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. ross

    ross New Egg

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    basicly i want to know are cats a fret 2 chickens and does it matter on the size of the chicken :eek:
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Depends on the cat. My cat is afraid of my chickens... even the chicks. But she is a very smart cat, she doesn't even look at the small animals I have touched. If she sees me carrying it, she won't even look at me. Yet she has taken down small rabbits and huge rats.
     
  3. FluffyChickenMama

    FluffyChickenMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same here.. I have 9 cats that are constantly eating rabbits and rats etc.. but never bother any of my 13 free ranging chickens.. We even let our 3 OEB free range most of the time and they dont bother them.. (that does puzzle me cause they are bout the same size as a small rabbit or small rat).. depends on the cats I guess..
     
  4. Nyna

    Nyna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens come right up to my cats and steal the dish of food they are eating! Right out from under them! They just look at them like what the hell?![​IMG] But I would be worried about baby chicks. They (the cat) might not realize that is a chicken and thats bad.[​IMG]
     
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    It depends on the cat...I've had cats come in the yard and stalk the birds. Slifer fought one and there were tufts of fur all over...Taffy, a neighbourhood cat, herded Slifer and Obelisk and Jerry into the coop and didn't move until the strange cat left.
     
  6. laursink

    laursink New Egg

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    I have 5 barn cats that are very tame...and they hang with my brood. I have one that even has chased chicks back to the coop whn they have escaped. Blue keeps a good eye on them!
     
  7. ali

    ali Out Of The Brooder

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    DEPENDS ON THE CAT. MY CAT AND 2 OF MY CHICKENS OH AND MY YORKIE ARE ALL IN MY LIVING ROOM. THE CAT'S ASLEEP ON THE COACH, THE DOG IS SCRATCHING AND THE CHICKENS ARE CHIRPING AND EATING. NOW IF THE BIRDS WERE RUNNING FREE PROLLY A DIFFERANT STORY. COOL THING BOUT CATS, THEY GIVE YOU A HEADS UP WHEN THIER STALKING SOMETHING, YOU JUSY GOTTA BE THERE TO SEE IT. GOOD LUCK.
     
  8. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our pet cats are 'hen-pecked' by the chickens. No problem there.

    But I second everyone else's "it depends" We had a chicken's leg gnawed off by a cat one night when the chicken was sleeping at the edge of a wire coop. :-(
     
  9. ali

    ali Out Of The Brooder

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    OUCH [​IMG] THAT STINKS, HERE KITTY :thun
     
  10. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is best to have a kitten and introduce to the chickens. A good rooster will soon let a kitten know who is boss. I wouldn't let a cat around chicks tho. To be warned chickens love cat food(dry or canned). Poor Freebies cats always have the chickens trying to scarf down their dry catfood, so she has to feed the kitties when the chickens go to bed!
     

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