Chickens & cats

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mcjessen, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since raising my three chickens since they were a day or two old, I've always worried about our cats bothering them. Once the "girls" moved out to the coop/run I worried that if we let them out to roam, the cats would attack them. Both our cats are girls and VERY interested in birds. Imagine my surprise the day I watched one of my BO's chase one cat around the backyard! The other cat will just lay there and lean away if one of the girls gets too close - but she won't run because she knows the chickens will chase her. Yesterday, I had to call off a chicken because she wouldn't leave the cat alone. LOL! Nothing to worry about here.

    It's quite entertaining to watch them at it too!
     
  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted this elsewhere, but...yesterday morning, my 13-week old Production Red Hermione chased away my black cat Lucius Malfoy!
     
  3. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How totally appropriate!
     
  4. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And just in time for the premiere of the new movie!
     
  5. gordonburrito

    gordonburrito Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I'll add my 2 cents. We have a large public park near our house with an extensive storm sewer system that runs from there and our neighborhood. At the park there are people that feed the cats which has lead to a very large population of strays that travel between the park and my house via the storm sewer system. We were very worried because some of them are very large. Despite a high density of stray cats in over a years time we have had zero cat attacks on our hens. There have been a few loud protests when they come into the yard Bock! Bock! Bock! But, those end with the cat sauntering off after they realize the chickens won't leave them in peace.
     
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  6. Annabella

    Annabella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My current cat, is scared of my hens. [​IMG]

    I had a siamese cat once who killed a four month old pullet [​IMG] and dragged it up a tree and was meowing for me to open the window to let her into the house. (We had a high set home and if the back door was shut she used the tree to alert us of her need to gain entry to us).

    So its depends on the cat I suppose.

    Good luck.
     
  7. WilsonAcres

    WilsonAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little hen and cats get along just fine..she doesn't know shes a chicken tho...[​IMG]
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  8. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Awesome! Love the picture. Our girls were trying to eat out of the cats treat bowl the other day. It was very cute.
     
  9. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You're right, it does depend on the cat. Our cats are smaller than the chickens so I'm not too worried now that I've seen everyone in action. I'm sorry your cat got the better of your pullet. If your cat pulled a 4 month old pullet up a tree, no offense, but that's one bad a** cat. Our girls are 4 months old and I don't ever see our cats being strong enough to pull them anywhere. They're pretty big girls.
     
  10. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't trust my cat an inch when it comes to the chooks. In fact, I was saying to DP the other day I should tie a bunch of grapes to his tail one day so he can find out the hard way that chooks aren't just big feather dusters to play with.
     

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