New Barn Cat Being Naughty

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by hrhta812, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. hrhta812

    hrhta812 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We haven't had a barn cat for quite a while and I started seeing rats in the barn, so we got a couple of adult barn cats from someone who needed to rehome them. They're both fixed and really sweet.

    Today the weather was nice so I let the bigger flock out for a few minutes at the end of the day, while I tended our meat bunnies, and the older cat went after a hen. I was there to intervene, but now I don't know whether the cat was in earnest and would have hurt the hen or if she was just messing around. I sent a note to the previous owner asking if they ever had any incidents with their chickens.

    The cats had just been fed, and supposedly they were around bunnies and chickens at their previous place, so I was really surprised at what happened. One of the bunnies got out of her cage the other night and the cats didn't hurt her. They were all just hanging out together in the barn when I discovered the bunny was loose. I would never let the cats around chicks or baby bunnies, but I was hoping the adults could free range.

    The roo with the flock that was loose today is a real weenie; he's an older Polish mix who's on the smaller side. We have another one that we were going to get rid of because he's so mean, a big young Buff Orp, and I imagine he'd have attacked the cat, not the other way around. I was planning on switching the roosters around soon, and hatching some offspring fathered by the big meanie, so I'm planning on keeping him around for a few months longer at least anyway.

    I wonder if I could try letting the meaner rooster teach the cat not to mess with the chickens?
     
  2. StelleKitten

    StelleKitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you were closer I would let you borrow my white cochin roo (bantam). He is quick to teach ANYTHING that it shouldn't be near the hens or the coop. That includes a branch that fell out of the tree, the cats, a rock that might have moved when he wasn't looking... The only cat he won't mess with is my tom that sleeps in the hen house. I guess they have a mutual agreement of neutrality.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Might be worth a try to let the rooster at them. Might take some time for the cats to acclimate to your place.
    Curious how the previous owners handled the cat/chicken management.
     

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