family cat....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by peepmeister, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. peepmeister

    peepmeister New Egg

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    We're thinkin of raisin a few chickens in the back yard.......would a domestic cat leave mature chickens alone as they roam the yard or should I leave'em penned up all the time. Just one of the things I gotta work out before I build the coop. Thanks!
     
  2. angusshangus

    angusshangus Out Of The Brooder

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    My bantam sized hens used to remain free all day long until a neighbors cat made a meal out of one of them. Now they live in their predator proof run unless I'm out there with them.
     
  3. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    A few years ago I had a feral cat kill a white leghorn hen but my cats do not bother my silkies. I have seen the roosters chase the cats! [​IMG]
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    It varies. As a rule, cats will leave mature chickens alone but kill chicks. However, some people do have problems with cats killing their chickens -- usually feral cats.

    I think it depends some on the personality of the cat. My chickens are in a fenced yard. My cat watches and crouches outside the yard, and the chickens get a bit nervous and move away from the fence. I used to have a different cat and unfenced chickens. The cat would hide in the weeds and jump out at the chickens, but never touch them. After a while the chickens ignored the cat. In many cases a chicken pecks the cat and after that the cat keeps his distance. I've also seen pics here of cats sleeping in nest boxes.
     
  5. animals1981

    animals1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cats are easier to train and chicken proof then dogs they get the hint quick chickens are part of the house hold but those same cats might take a shot at a grouse or a wild bird they know the diff. Even the chicks will be safe just takes a bit gettig use to.
     
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