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Roosters and Cats?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kuulgrl, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. kuulgrl

    kuulgrl In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2013
    Central Michigan
    We are going to look at chickens on Saturday. My husband is a bit worried about getting a rooster (Barred Rock is what we'll be looking at) and thinks he might hurt our cats. Now I can't guarantee that the cats won't try to play with or attack the chickens either.

    So I'm wondering what have your experiences been?

  2. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

    Apr 8, 2008
    The rooster may very well attack the cat if the cat goes into his territory. If the cat's smart, it won't come back. End of problem.

    My cat has tried to sneak up on baby chicks before, only to be attacked by Mama Hen. She bloodied the cat's nose, and that has been the end of the problem.

    I wouldn't worry about it too much.
  3. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Songster

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    Our roos love to attack cats. They will attack them especially if they get near the food or chicks. Sometimes they just do it to remind them who the boss is lol. Don't worry though, cats are not dumb enough to sit around and let a roo attack them. They will run away.
  4. kuulgrl

    kuulgrl In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2013
    Central Michigan
    That's what I figured.

    Really how many farms have barn cats and chickens? DUH

    Two more days till I go check out isa brown hens and a barred rock rooster. We'll see what happens then.
  5. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Songster

    Dec 21, 2010
    They should work out some sort of truce - you stay in your area and I will stay in mine sort of thing. So far, my barn cats have watched the chickens from afar, avoided the chickens altogether, or in one case, actually slept with the chickens and hung out in the coop and run. But I usually have large birds (brahmas, orpingtons, etc.) so that may have something to do with it. Always be prepared to intervene but hopefully you won't have to. :)

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