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Do dogs hurt chicks-- or do CATS hurt chicks???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SuperCoco, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. SuperCoco

    SuperCoco Out Of The Brooder

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    I am wondering if a dog or a cat hurt chicks. I have a black lab and a tiger looking cat. I don't know if they will hurt my 21 chicks. Please help.
     
  2. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will need to make sure to keep you chicks protected because both or your pets can/will/may think 'chicken nugget'.

    Until you know for sure, I would not leave them unsupervised around your chicks.
     
  3. Fredster

    Fredster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your cat likes to eat songbirds, chances are good it will like to eat your chicks.
     
  4. porteryork

    porteryork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My cat ignores the chickens but NEVER leave the dog with them!
     
  5. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once the chicks are bigger they should be able to hold their own agtainst the cats, but dogs can be deadly. Youtube has a video of the dog whisperer working with a dog to train it to stay away from chickens. Looks pretty effective. Good Luck!
     
  6. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    yes and yes both can and will kill the chicks depending on their personality and desire.
     
  7. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Quote:my cats can kill full grown squirrels with out batting an eye, so a chick is certailnly a possibility. I would think that my cat can kill a full grown chicken too if given the chance, or at least a bantam.
     
  8. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahappychick,
    Our cat (15 pounder) tried to chase one of my BR roo's last fall and when the Roo squawked and held his ground the cat stopped and looked and then walked away. Now they ignore the chickens totally. I think that an adult chicken will give to much fight most times for a domestic free range cat to bother.
     
  9. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:it depends on the animal.
    but usually theyre un predictable
    so use caution,
     
  10. Ellie_NY_chick

    Ellie_NY_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes and yes. Don't take any chances. My dogs ignored my chicks, but the cat practically drooled when she saw them. You just never know.
     

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