Hi from Africa!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Tong Gweno, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. Tong Gweno

    Tong Gweno Hatching

    Mar 8, 2014
    Hi, I've just joined this site because I keep chickens and it seems like a great resource.

    I have loads of questions and stuff I'd like to ask

    The most pressing one though is about cats. I have a problem with rats at my house - they eat eggs and I want to get rid of them without using poison or traps. Does anyone know if introducing a cat would threaten my chicks?


  2. Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    BYC has a really nice learning center [​IMG]

    You need to put in some 1/4" inch wire along the bottom of your coop and 1 foot into the ground and two feet above the ground and as it is 3 feet wide or 1 meter putting one third of the with of the wire below the ground will help keep them from digging into your coop and the other two thirds above ground then wire tie it to the rest of your fence for strength ..... [​IMG]


    Some of our flock [​IMG]


    This is a wild Bob Cat that we caught several months ago he
    just could not let go of the Rooster and he wound up becoming
    a permanent guest ....... [​IMG]


    Newest additions to the yard [​IMG]


    This is the way we keep chicks for the first 10 weeks [​IMG]

    gander007 [​IMG]
  3. Tong Gweno

    Tong Gweno Hatching

    Mar 8, 2014
    Thanks for the advice.

    What I meant was, would a normal domestic cat pose a problem to my chicks? I don't keep the chicks separate.

  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Kelsie X2! Check out that thread and maybe it will give you some ideas as to how to solve this problem.

    Good luck with all your poultry adventures and welcome to BYC!
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Cats can be predators - generally of juvenile chickens, but a determined/hungry cat might tackle an adult. A good broody game hens with chicks can generally educate a cat that chick killing is NOT a good idea.

  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Family dogs and cats, are often the first predators to attack your chicks.

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