Opened the chicken coop to a big surprise this morning!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Quail_Antwerp, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. Quail_Antwerp

    Quail_Antwerp [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Mrs

    Aug 16, 2008
    We've been having a rat problem, so DH and I put a light in the coop hoping it would deter the rat or rats from coming in the coop at night.

    It is with great trepidation that I go out to the coops each morning, as I have already lost 7 to this rat.

    This morning I go out to the coop.................................

    and I found NO rats or evidence of a rat being in the coop at all BUT..........................................

    I found our six week old kitten curled up with my Mille Fleurs!

    I am guessing he snuck in there last night when I was closing the coops up for the night. All the chooks were safe, and Marmalade was purring up a storm!
  2. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    so maybe you have found the right kind of rodent deterrent...
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    This may be your answer to the rats, too!
  4. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Aw, he must have known you needed help with the rats!
  5. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    how sweet

    I have a ground nest for the guineas in the coop and one of my cats is always sleeping in there.
  6. Quail_Antwerp

    Quail_Antwerp [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Mrs

    Aug 16, 2008
    Yea I was thinking the same thing regarding the rat/mice issue, but cats are natural predators and I worry that he might grow up and eat my chooks [​IMG]

    I have a 1 year old calico who is an avid hunter, but she never bothers my chooks. I took her in the pen with me from the time she was 6 weeks old. She doesn't even bother the chicks when they run in front of her, but on the other hand, I have seen her bring in mice and chipmunks and ground moles.

    I just don't know that I would fully trust a cat/kitten in my coop! I for sure wouldn't have intentionally left him in there if I had seen him go in! [​IMG]
  7. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Maybe he'll grow up thinking he's one of them? [​IMG]
  8. Bex

    Bex Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2008
    Aww, too cute!

    Our cats never bothered our chickens when they were free ranging, and they sometimes they come into the pen with me or my SO. They've never once tried to bother the chickens, or the ducks. Heck, my cats even eat with our pig. [​IMG]
  9. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    What a sweet story!!! That kitty will handle the rat problem. [​IMG]
  10. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    AWWWW, cute. Unless, that kitten is the reason for the missing birds................ :eek:

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