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  1. chickeneinstein

    chickeneinstein In the Brooder

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    i am thinking about raising chicks, specifically roosters, but i am afraid that if i get rhode island red roosters they might kill my cats. Will they kill my cats or just snakes?
     
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  2. Rose Quartz

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    Are you planning to keep them as pets or flock for taking care of bugs/snakes? or do you plan to eat them when they are under a year?

    once they get spurs they probably COULD kill your cats. but, they would likely only attack your cats if they felt threatened by them.

    under a year old roosters wouldn't have the spurs to cause enough damage to kill a cat... (i think) I'm not familiar with RIR though so I don't know when their spurs come in.
     
  3. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    Roosters won't kill cats. Most likely not kill snakes either unless they're really small snakes.
    On the other hand I've had cats and snakes kill many juvenile chickens.
     
  4. MearBear

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    If you introduce them to the cats when they are still chicks they'd most likely be fine. But would your cats kill them as chicks? My friend has outdoor cats and Rhode island reds and they're fine together.
     
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  5. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    Roosters will do anything to defend the flock or themselves most of the time.If your cats are chicken friendly they may not have issues.My roosters and cats don’t have any issues and stay out of each others ways.Although I’m sure some will attack a cat
     
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  6. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    No, they would most likely be dead.
     
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  7. MearBear

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    That's why I asked if the cats would kill them, some cats wouldn't care about chicks and some would love to "play" with them.
     
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  8. Rose Quartz

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    My cats love to "play" with chicks. (had one get in the brooder once but none were injured the cat seemed confused by all the chicks running around I wouldn't trust that to happen again.) but the cats were nervous of adult chickens.
     
  9. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    Ya I agree with you. Just wouldn't be worth the risk to see if they were my chicks.
    I have a neighbor that believes in repopulating the world with feral cats so I'm more used to cats that have to hunt and feed themselves. I think that's a big difference then loving families house cats.
    I lost over 100 chicks and juvaniles in one spring to them. I've also had attacks on grown birds and had one killed by cats.
    I have dozens upon dozens of roosters and none have attacked a cat let alone killed one. I think it would be very very rare to have a rooster kill a cat.
    Therefore I myself wouldn't worry about getting them used to cats in hopes to keep them from attacking and killing one.
     
  10. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    Roosters will not kill cats.
     

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