Will cats kill Chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Hegatha, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Hegatha

    Hegatha Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2011
    My neighbors have cats and Im worried there cats might try to kill my chickens? Im not sure they ever did when I was growing up.
  2. lovin my birds

    lovin my birds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    Odessa, MO
    In my experience no. I have around 10 barn cats. Some who are real big hunters of birds and they have never even once looked at attacking one of my chickens. I even have dutch bantams who are one of the smallest breed of bantams the roo coming in at a whopping 4 ounces. And they dont even touch those. The only thing in the coop they go near are the mice that like to nest in the hay and the ocassional snake which they get rid of for me. But i think it all comes down to how brave the cats are. Cause even the strays that live around my house wont go near my chickens. But i think that is the cats are big enough and brave enough they could, not saying they would, take down a chicken.
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Most cats won't bother most chickens.

    Young chicks are at the greatest risk
  4. warriorchick

    warriorchick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I have two cats that live at my house and more than I can count that roam the neighborhood and I've never had a problem. I've even seen some of my braver chickens chase away a cat that came too close! So, in my experience, cats are afraid or indifferent to chickens for the most part. I am sure a big tom cat could kill a chicken if it had the right temperament, but chicken can put up a good fight. My cat Bergstrom will chase the chickens for fun, but he never does anything. I am 99% sure he only does it when I am around to push my buttons. He's such a brat sometimes!
  5. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    Quote:Yep, cat's not that big of a deal around chickens.. Now, I have personally had about 9 or so chicks killed by a cat before. So they will kill chicks, but chickens no.

  6. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Fort Worth
    Here the cats stare at the chickens.... as if they are dreaming of some huge roast but thats all. My standard size chickens are too big for them.

    My chickens will take food from the cats as well and the cats just sit back and watch annoyed.
  7. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Quote:It really varies, but my cat tried to mess with my chickens when they first came & I was very nervous. But the chickens have a way of letting the cats know that they're not putting up with their crap. Most birds flee from cat attacks & that's their downfall. The cats don't expect the chickens to turn around and come back at them head-on!

    My cats lay down by my henhouse. My good mouser, Maggie, will kill mice and leave them in the henhouse for the chickens to eat.
  8. Montana cluckers

    Montana cluckers Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 31, 2010
    I just lost a cochin bantam roo about 3 weeks ago to a stray cat. I mean, I can't prove it was the stray cat, but feathers were everywhere, so I don't think it would have been a hawk. The cat hangs around the ditch that is right in front of our property. I hadn't let my chickens out to free roam in a long time and decided I would since it was a beautiful day. Needless to say, a couple hours later, we were minus the roo. I was really upset and now I'm scared to let the others out of their pen. They aren't real happy with me, but I have lost too many already.

    So, just beware.
  9. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    Cats killing chickens is not the norm but chicks they will kill and by chicks I mean up to 3 months or so longer on bantams but once a chicken gets to a formidable size they pretty much leave them alone. Disease would worry me more with cats, not to chickens but to other animals and people.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2011
  10. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2010
    Colbert, WA
    I had three chickens killed by feral cats..... but that is a lot different than your average tame house cat.

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