What's y'all's secret to keeping cats away?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PineShavings, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. PineShavings

    PineShavings Out Of The Brooder

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    It's only around 7 p.m. and I have to chase my chickens into the coop because the neighborhood cats are already stalking my chickens. When I was done, I saw one fleeing away and another was hiding under my truck which was just 30 feet away from the coop. Anyone know any tricks to pass along to keep these cats away? Does having a good rooster help? Sometimes I lose some sleep because I wake up in the middle of the night to check on them.

    I'll post some pics tomorrow when there's sunlight.
     
  2. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can have a rooster where you live, I would recommend it. A good rooster is a valuable asset to a flock (especially a flock that free-ranges or isn't contained in a covered run). A good rooster will alert the hens to any danger, usually giving them time to seek cover or run to shelter (and will engage a predator if necessary to protect his flock). Our two roos were fabulous at alerting the hens. -never lost any chickens when we had our roos. We let the flock free-range all day. After we had to rehome the roos (due to noise complaint), a covered run was constructed. Now, when cats come around, the hens are protected. (only have them out when I'm out in the yard/garden)
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Cats rarely harm a full grown chicken, so the best way to discourage them is to let them catch one,
    After the birds peck their heads a few times, and beat them with their wings, the cats will be happy to just watch
     
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  4. big worm

    big worm New Egg

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    I would try a .22. My neighbors know if my chickens are endangered by their animals I won't hesitate to shoot them. I dont let my animals invade their property so tjey should do the same
     
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  5. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. ashcons

    ashcons Out Of The Brooder

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    Dogs. I haven't seen cats pestering our chickens at all and there are a few neighborhood strays. Ours are full-grown.
     
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  7. Wrooster

    Wrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cats are an invasive species. Environmentally speaking, even raccoons and coyotes have more right to hang around your chickens than cats do. I love cats but that doesn't mean they get a second chance if they hang around.

    Our rooster would make mincemeat out of a cat. He did a pretty good job on a 40-pound dog.
     
  8. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I see any strange cat go in my barn I'll sneak in behind it and close the door and chase it around stomping & yelling and beating it with a broom, one of my favorite things to do is when they jump up in the rafters I blast them out with the air hose. They don't like the air hose. And guess what? The very next day they're back pissing on my truck tires.
    So I usually end up putting a can of sardines in a havahart trap and when I catch it I call the the county dog pound to come pick it up. I only do that for the cats that aren't really hurting anything because I don't want to kill somebody's pet for no reason. If the cat is after my chickens then it's SSS time.

    A rooster has never done me any good because cats snatch bitys & young chickens that stray away out of the rooster's sight, and at night while the rooster is asleep.
     
  9. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have bantams? -young birds? Are they locked up/confined at night? These particulars might alter your approach. If you have standard breeds that are confined at night to a secure coop, a rooster will be beneficial. If you have bantams, young birds, and a barn-style situation or more open coop, then a rooster's effectiveness may be limited.
     
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  10. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    A water gun is good lol Honestly? my own farm cat, he puts any cat off the property, he is extremely territorial he does NOT harm my ducks, chickens or even young ones.. i have some bantam roos running about and he ignores them.

    My dogs are also loose periodically so that helps too. Can you speak with the neighbour? also getting traps is an option.
     

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