Rooster protecting from cats?

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

  1. Summer98

    Summer98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2011
    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

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    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

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    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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