question about coops, mice, and cats

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lovethepeep, May 5, 2011.

  1. lovethepeep

    lovethepeep Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 3, 2008
    We have a storage building with an adjoining chicken coop. It is predator proof, but occasionally they are out about in the yard to free range, and I can't say that we ALWAYS remember to lock them up at night. The storage building has a family of mice living under it, and I really don't want to lay out poison, knowing they might around the yard... poisoning other animals, or my one year old! So I thought about getting a cat, but of course, that means that he/she might bother my chickens and/or their hatchlings. Any other suggestions? [​IMG]
  2. andrew6d9

    andrew6d9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cats don't eliminate mice but keep them to a lower population. If you got one you could introduce it to your chickens as a kitten and then it probably not attack them. Most cats will not kill a full grown chicken anyways.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Cats do not bother the adult chickens, and if there is a momma chicken raising them, SHE won't let them near her chicks.

    Some chickens also kill (and eat) mice, by the way.
  4. tadyergey

    tadyergey Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2011
    Nokesville, VA
    My Coop
    Funny... I just saw this earlier today:

  5. CrazyFowlFreak

    CrazyFowlFreak Pine Hill Farm

    Apr 24, 2009
    My cats will shove the chickens out of the way to steal some fresh feed. [​IMG] They don't fight, though, and sometimes the male cat will curl up in a nest box with the teenage Silkies. My chickens have caught and eaten moles many times. I wouldn't worry about mice at all. [​IMG]
  6. Rebecky54

    Rebecky54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    North Dakota
    My cats are well-fed, but they never both my chickens. I brood my chicks in the tack room, and last year I accidentally locked in one of the best hunters with the chicks. The brooder didn't have a cover, and she never bothered them. Now I have a cover for the brooder tank. Even my Jack Russell gives them a wide berth -- he who is afraid of nothing -- except chickens!


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