Ringtail Cat

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DottM, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. DottM

    DottM Hatching

    Feb 24, 2018
    Hi All,

    A couple of days ago we lost one of our chickens to a ringtail cat. I originally thought a raccoon had managed to reach through the external enclosure and grab the chicken as its head was decapitated with the neck through the chainlink. I made the mistake of thinking that anything that could get through chainlink couldn't possibly be big enough to eat a chicken, but I was wrong.

    I had a search of the forums and there seems to be a couple of threads regarding ringtail cats but people seemed unsure if they could actually eat a chicken or just a chick. Well I found out the hard way they CAN kill fully grown chickens.

    I caught most of it on my camera system but some of it was in the blind spot. At the 32 second mark you can see how easily it hops through the chainlink.

    Im now going to layer 1/2" hardware cloth over the chainlink to stop further attacks. I hope this video can help someone else prevent a lost chicken.

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  2. DaviJones

    DaviJones Songster

    Nov 7, 2017
    South Western, AZ
    I'm sorry for your loss. Good idea on the hardware cloth for sure. I've never heard of ring tail cats killing chickens, but it certainly makes sense, and heck, you have proof! Are you in AZ as well, we have some along the canal and river.
  3. DottM

    DottM Hatching

    Feb 24, 2018
    I live in a Austin TX, from what I gather they are protected in AZ but not so much here in TX so they best not come back for any more of my chickens.

    What’s really got me thinking is that the chicken was in the coop at 6pm but went back out at 8pm and started pacing the fence. The cat then attacked the chicken at 8:16pm. So I have no idea what spooked her to go back outside in the dark. I don’t shut the coop door as I thought my outside enclosure was safe with chainlink all around.

    As I mentioned I just wanted to share hay it is possible for the cat to take down a full chicken and they can easily get through chainlink.
  4. RWise

    RWise Songster

    Dec 25, 2012
    Oakhurst Oklahoma
    Many can simply go over the fence, I have seen dogs climb the fence here, of course they were trying to get away from me! Cats all the time right over the fence,,,,
    good luck!
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
  6. DottM

    DottM Hatching

    Feb 24, 2018
    Yes I’m going to mesh the roof of the enclosure and also go out and under the ground of the enclosure to prevent a predator from digging under. Sometimes I think I’m over reacting since the first incident I’ve had in over a year but equally the cat could have got into the coop and ended all our chickens.

    Great! That was the whole goal of my post was to share knowledge with others so I’m glad you learned something new! Every day is a school day which is what keeps us young.
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