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Neighborhood cat question

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Binkinsmom, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Binkinsmom

    Binkinsmom Hatching

    Oct 23, 2008
    Hi---I just joined this forum, and need some advice! I have a beautiful Rhode Island Red hen that I raised since she was purchased as a tiny chick at the local feed store by my impulsive teenage daughter. She is now one of our pets. She roosts in her cage, and has a coop where she lays her daily egg. She has the run of our back yard. She will hop onto your lap and cluck. She is 1 1/2 yr. old. We have a cat, who lays in the sun on top of her cage, and they get along very well. We also have two dogs, and they have no problems with our chicken.
    Our new neighbors over the fence have a cat, and I have seen her in our yard, hissing at our cat. I am wondering, could a medium-sized domestic cat cause any harm to a large healthy chicken? If our pets get into the chicken's space too close, she will squawk and peck at the offender. Do cats usually attack chickens? Prior to this chicken coming to our house, I had zero experience with farm animals or chickens. Any help/advice would be appreciated![​IMG]

  2. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster


    You only have one! [​IMG] They are a flock animal & you should have at least 2.

    The neighbors cat will learn some birds fight back......
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Unless the cat is absolutely insane from starvation, you have nothing to worry about.


    Chickens are social animals, they really need to be with at least one more of their kind, so you may want to consider finding another hen as a companion.
  4. spook

    spook Songster


    Well, I don't think you have to have any certain number of hens, she sounds loved and cared for and that is what matters AND not the question at hand.

    Yes, stray cats can kill hens. I do not trust my own let alone anyone elses. You can only fence your girl into your back yard to protect her, poultry have many preditors, dogs, cats, hawks, weasles, fisher, racoons to name the general preditors. Then you have the ones that are in your state or climate, protecting her can only be the best you can do realizing that I swear nature is always working against the chicken lovers.

    Good luck!
  5. Binkinsmom

    Binkinsmom Hatching

    Oct 23, 2008
    Thanks for all the help! I tried to put my hen in a flock, and she didn't integrate at all, she stayed by herself for almost a month. I learned that a chicken is a social creature, my chicken was raised around people. The chickens I put her with didn't accept her. I gladly took her back when she ran up to my daughter who went to visit her. She remembered us, hopped in my lap and clucked away. So, yes, chickens are social creatures, but be careful who you socialize them with, or you get a life long pet.
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I've got a pullet who constantly harasses our 2 cats. The poor cats don't "speak chicken" so they don't understand what it means when a chicken runs up with hackles up and chest bumped out.

    Poor cats.
  7. mobe_45

    mobe_45 In the Brooder

    Oct 24, 2008
    Webster City, Ia
    good thing you have an adult chicken and not a young one or quail. The cat would make a quick meal out of young chickens.

  8. nerfy

    nerfy Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    Western Illinois
    The TNR cats I care for fear my older hens. One cat was pretty determined until he got a nasty peck right on top of the head. Never even looked at them again.
  9. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    My 12 yr old cat had never seen a chichen before a year ago. She was in the garage when we got the chicks and I made sure she couldn't get to them but she could see them. She was curious but not aggressive. Now that they are full grown, she will lay out in the middle of the yard when they are free-ranging. They basicly ignore each other.
    The only incident we have had, is when the new BOs grew to full size and one of the roos mistook her for a hen just laying there sunning (she is the same color). [​IMG] It was so funny! I hadn't seen her jump that high since she was a kitten. [​IMG]
  10. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

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