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Hi everyone- new to back yard chickens ndhoping for some help!! :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jo28, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. jo28

    jo28 New Egg

    Mar 8, 2012
    About 5 weeks ago I rehomed a 6 months old male cat, last week he was neutred and he is mad to get outside.

    I live on a small farm and have 9 chickens and 3 ducks. Buddy, the new cat sits on the window cil and watches them all day with a passion and when they come close he gets down low and chatters at them through the window as if he is hunting.

    I took him out on the harness yesterday to get up close and personal and he reacted in the same way and I don't trust him in the slightest that he won't kill them given the chance, we can't walk through the house without him permanently attached to our legs through pouncing.

    I don't have an enclosure for the hens and ducks, they free range in the day and go into a stone outhouse at night which is closed, we simply open the door in the morning so cant let him look at them through netting etc.

    Has anyone had any experience of this before?

    Just a bit i forgot- there are about ten feral cats that hang around all day and have never touched the chickens, even when they were chicks.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. All I can say is; dont let your cat out. Consider rehoming your cat if it's an issue.
  3. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] from Louisiana! Def agree with Dawg.
  4. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    I would consider building a run for them. I would also be cautious about the feral cats.

    My cat was raised with the chickens. He knows that they are not food.

    Good luck and welcome to BYC!
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Cats are much more likely to live a long a healthy life if kept indoors. Sounds like your birds may also be more likely to live if he is inside.
  7. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
  8. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    Welcome. I agree with the other posters, sounds like he needs to stay inside.
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  10. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!

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