my cats killed one of my chickens, what now?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by notducky, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. notducky

    notducky Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm heartbroken! They ganged up on her and killed her for sport. I don't know what to do. They are indoor/outdoor cats and my birds free range all day. I can never trust them around the birds again. What to do? Has anyone else had this happen? What did you do?
     
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry, usually a chicken can hold their own with a cat. Do you have a rooster? A roo might be better able to keep the cats in their place. But really, the only 100% solution is to keep one of the two species locked up.
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    X 2 Now that they have perfected the technique, they will hunt together again - it's their nature.
     
  4. notducky

    notducky Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll get rid of the cats before I get rid of the chickens. I do have a roo but he's still young, maybe 20weeks old. They jumped the fence and killed the poor girl inside the run. I'm so disgusted with those furballs!
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Are you POSITIVE that the cats did it, and not an other predator??
     
  6. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're cats. You can't blame an animal for doing what it's designed to do. Can you cover the top of the run to keep them out? Can you install motion sprinklers to keep them away?
     
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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It's not the fault of the cats - they are just being cats. Make your run impregnable to predators and only allow monitored free ranging.
     
  8. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I was wondering the same. I've never, ever had cats do anything like this, much less as a team and that's in many years of owning chickens and many farm cats along the way. I'm sure not saying it can't happen, don't get me wrong I don't mean it like that, it's just unusual.
     
  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Also, to my knowledge, house cats are lone hunters, not pack hunters.
     
  10. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, domestic cats are not pack hunters.
     

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