Chicks saved by Deer!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Zenbirder, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I came across the meadow a few minutes ago and noticed three deer acting strange. There were a couple of my young hens nearby acting fine. Got a bit closer and realized they had my cat pinned under a small scrub oak! He is supposed to be in the back yard, but a couple of times a year he manages to haul his 14 lb. declawed body over the "cat proof" fence. YEA DEER!!!! [​IMG]
    The deer like the chicks, I have seen them try to sniff them, the closest I have seen is about 8 inches before the chick scooted a couple of feet away. Seems to me deer and goats are really about the same thing!
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    That is so cool. The deer stay in our backyard. I would love to see how they would interact with our chickens
     
  3. jkm

    jkm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    funny , my two cats ignore the girls, they all walk aroung the yard together.
     
  4. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Our 2 cats do a half-hearted chicken chase every so often, but never with serious intent. Both cats and peeps get free play in the yard for an hour or so every evening. No one is free range without supervision.
    And I'm glad, because a hawk circled our house for an hour yesterday! I got home from work and watched it hanging like a kite above our yard, almost always facing our little coop...
     
  5. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2007
    Massachusetts
    I am so fortunate that all my animals get along with everyone. It has always been that way no matter what I have here. Horses,chickens,cats, dogs everyone is out there when we are and never any problems. My little dog might chase the young chickens for a minute or so but only in play. Most days it is like a zoo!!!
     
  6. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Wow! I didn't know deer did things like that. I wish you could have gotten pictures. I wonder if they would protect them from coons?
     
  7. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    How cool!! [​IMG] I wish we had deer around here...I've seen them in the back fields, but they never come close enough that I could see them from my house.
     
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Thats cool.
    The only problem is they aren't around all the time.

    We have deer roam around the yard but I've never seen them anywhere close to my chickens [​IMG]

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