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Rooster protecting from cats?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Summer98, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. Summer98

    Summer98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would having a rooster protect the flock from cats? I am planning on having all hens, but if a rooster would help protect from cats, then I will consider getting one.
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Of course he would. A cat is no match for a rooster, heck even hens can easily intimidate cats, excepting those rather limp and docile breeds like Silkies and Favorelle.

    We lost a five week old pullet last year to a stray cat. Shocked my neighbor some, he was on his deck watching the wee ones jumping to catch flying ants when in a flash a cat pounced from a small opening under the shed/storage area of our house then pulled his prey back in just as quick. Really no protection from ambush.
     
  3. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, he should be good for that. Once he's big enough that is. As Egghead_jr pointed out, a young chicken, pullet or cockerel, is vulnerable, even to domestic cats.
    Actually, the girls themselves, with or without a roo, can handle a cat when they get older and larger.
     

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