- Jul 5, 2011
I agree...they are built for killing. A chicken has nothing to defend itself from claws and teeth. One bite to the neck and it is pretty much over.
I never said I wouldn't shoot it? I have no issue with shooting any animal that threatens my flock. I have actually sat out for hours after dark in 20 deg weather waiting for whatever comes. I have witnesses 2 cats multiple times and never had a safe shot. We live on a large hill. To the left of the back is a home, straight back a farmhouse, to the right is a cpl staying in a camper. All on the hill. The coop is by the garden and it seems no matter whare we are at the sighting, it has been an unsafe shot. I can't risk shooting into a home. The homes are a bit away, but still within range.First off, that is a cat.
Second off, if the kitty is avoiding your traps, and you cant catch it, and it's killing your chickens, you should do what any good chicken steward(ess) should do, and apply SSS---Shoot, Shovel, Shut up. There are other options, but, sadly, this is the one most likely to end your problems with the kitty.
I have lost some 10-12 chickens to cats around the area. I know what they're like. They're relentless, stubborn, and will quickly reduce your flock to nothing. I'm sorry, but it's the truth.
Good luck, and I wish you peace with the decision you make.Remember, it's just a part of keeping chickens; it's nothing personal against the cat, it's not revenge, it's just keeping your chickens from potential harm.
Again, I wish you peace with the decision you make.