Will cats get my chickens?

kristiann93

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 30, 2012
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North Dakota
I have 12 hens and a rooster and am wondering if I let them out to roam will the cats that hang around our house get them?? They are about 6 months old and the rooster is very protective of his ladies. I just don't want any fatalities!!
 

erinszoo

Songster
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
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Ha! If your chickens are anything like mine it will the cats who need to worry about being hurt, not the other way around! Cats will attack and eat baby chickens but by 6 months they should be big enough to take care of the cats. The cats learn quickly that they will get pecked by the birds and leave them alone. Even our little banty chickens don't take guff from the cats.
 

kristiann93

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 30, 2012
25
1
24
North Dakota
The cats are somewhat wild though....does that matter? They live on the deck, I feed them, they kill the mice (and an occasional bird), but we can't pet them.
 

erinszoo

Songster
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
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North Central Oklahoma
Doesn't matter with our outside cats. We have some that we can pet and others that we can't and all of them avoid messing with the chickens. They will go in and eat the scratch ... go figure ... but they avoid the notice of the birds if they can. And the chickens will come up and eat the cat food and all the cats stand back and watch and wait. If you're worried just go out with them all for a while at first and watch how they interact. If your roo is protective he will take on anything that will try to hurt his girls anyway. Ours tried to take on a pit bull that was running loose as it was trying to dig under our fence. The dog lost.
 

kristiann93

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 30, 2012
25
1
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North Dakota
That's awesome!! Thanks so much! We have beautiful 75 degree weather today and I think they should be able to get out and roam and enjoy it instead of being stuck in their fence.
 

Mattemma

Crowing
10 Years
Aug 12, 2009
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75,sweet.Cold here but mine are out roaming the yard too,and hopefully avoiding the hawk.We had a cat get in through a hole dug under the fence,but if it bothered the hens our roo took care of it.
 

kristiann93

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 30, 2012
25
1
24
North Dakota
Well, I let them out for about 45 minutes and followed their every move. They are even tamer than I thought and stuck by me pretty closely. THEN we noticed a wild cat in the trees looking suspicious and inching closer so I freaked out, rounded them up and got them back in the coop. It was so fun watching them roam happily.....we will definitely try it again but will be on the lookout for those darn cats!
 

TurtlePowerTrav

T.K.'s Farm
7 Years
Jul 29, 2012
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Oregon City, OR
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LF at that age should be fine. Banties on the other hand are still on the menu for cats. My girls and cockerel don't give the cats a second look. But I will need to watch next year when I get some bantams.
 

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