Help Feral/wild cats????

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chiknlady, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. chiknlady

    chiknlady Songster

    May 12, 2008
    SE PA
    I am down five chicks this week and I suspect wild cats have discovered the babies while they are free ranging as I am not far enough out for any truly wild predator. Does any one have any ideas on how to stop the buffet???
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2008
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Keep them confined til they're big enoguh to have *some* hope of escaping?

    Honestly I don't see any other alternative, other than continue to play Cat Buffet. (Although, most urban and suburban areas still have raccoons, and in many parts of the US a surprisingly nonzero number of foxes and coyotes, plus of course your basic pet cats and pet dogs, rats, etc)

    Good luck,

  3. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Dothan, AL
    Sounds like time to go hunting. Coons and foxes come right up into town too.
  4. BUG126

    BUG126 Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    WA State
    We had this problem too...twice [​IMG] The first time we thought it was an owl, the 2nd time we cat a wild cat in the act. Lost 19 total (I feel like a horrible chicken owner). Hubby went on "patrol" and the girls now live in Fort Knox. [​IMG]
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Best of luck. Even dead center of city, I bet you have coons, possums, hawks, lose dogs, and what you suspect cats. Might even have coyotes and large cats in the city since just this year a bear was found walking in down town Seattle. Hope you can keep the little guys confined till they are big enough to evade the cat. Or you can get your own cat, let it know birds are yours, and have it mark your area as it's territory thus deterring some of the ferals.
  6. chiknlady

    chiknlady Songster

    May 12, 2008
    SE PA
    Thank you all --I am sure it is a cat as I have seen them and I saw the mother and her kittens eating something when I pulled up to my yard the day the first two went missing. I live in a small town but I know we have red fox, skunk, hawks, ravens, and cats. My yard is fenced in and I have a red nosed pit--who loves to patrol the yard--however he is not outside 24/7. I have decided to contact the SPCA and request humane traps. If not--I may have to relocated the bantams as the larger chicks seem to be able to hold their own...

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