Cats Preying on Chickens

Killing of chickens by cats

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Cats do in fact attack and kill chickens.

Because they are predators, cats might attack a chicken if they spot a chance to do so.

Although it is uncommon for cats to kill chickens, especially larger hens, it does happen occasionally, thus safety measures must be implemented.

Most cats are unlikely to try to attack a chicken for amusement, although they might do so out of hunger or self-defense.

Although larger chickens are less likely to be attacked than chicks and smaller chicken varieties, this does not mean that adult chickens are fully protected.

The cat in issue still has hunting instincts, even if it is a house cat who enjoys the coziness of the sofa.

A hunting cat’s tail is twitching.

When roaming outdoors, many cats like cat hunting mice or tiny birds; 

therefore, if they happen to discover unprotected hens, they can take their opportunity.  

Being rather intelligent, cats frequently try to avoid conflicts with larger poultry.

If your cat has never encountered chickens before, it might just be curious and might get frightened off by a larger adult or cockerel.

The cat might opt to avoid you in the future if this happens.

Large hens and cats may coexist in many circumstances, but the risk of attack is increased.

Cats Should Not Be Around Chicks 

Due to their small size and lack of protection, chicks are a cat’s favorite prey.

A young chicken is extremely delicate and is roughly the size of a garden bird.

cat and little chick sleeping

Many cats won’t be as kind to baby chickens as this!

A cat won’t hesitate to pounce on one of these young people.

Even when the chickens are fully grown, further safety measures are advised if the birds are smaller breeds like bantams. 

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Eat chickens cats? 

Cats do indeed consume chickens, so if they kill one, they might also consume it.

Cats frequently chase smaller creatures like mice and small garden birds, but if the opportunity arises, they might also try their luck with chickens.

hens and a cat

A cat will attempt to kill a chicken if it does attack one.

This frequently occurs very rapidly, and the cat will frequently take the chicken out of the coop so it may be eaten.

Some claim that since there are feathers and blood all over the place but no chicken, it appears as though a fox killed the animal.

Being aware that cats can develop salmonella poisoning from eating raw chicken may help explain why if a chicken disappears at the same time your cat becomes ill.

Many cats get along well with chickens. 

Chickens are not always killed by cats. As different cats will react to being around chickens differently, it depends on the individual.

a cat observing a chicken

Cats and chickens can coexist peacefully or be a threat to chickens. To prevent attacks, introduce cats early and reward positive interactions. Feed your cat well to reduce its inclination to attack poultry. Cats are natural hunters, so don’t underestimate their talent.

If they are hungry, stray or wild cats may attack chicks. 

devouring a cat and hens

Keep Food Away From The Chicken Coop

Food left outside the chicken coop may tempt cats and other animals to congregate close to the birds.

It is better to keep food items away from the coop in order to avoid temptation. 

Keep the hens contained in a secure area.

Keeping chickens enclosed is one of the simplest methods to keep them secure.

Use chicken wire to confine the hens because even if your cat is well-behaved around the birds, you will have less control over other people’s cats or stray cats.

stalking actions

While stalking might seem like harmless entertainment, a cat on the prowl is preparing to pounce.

It is prudent to step in just in case if you spot a cat following a chicken.

You don’t want to wait to find out whether a cat is practicing stalking because some cats might be.

It is best to put extra preventative measures in place to keep the chickens safe because you won’t always be watching out for your cat when they go to the hens. 

It’s Best To Prevent

The chickens should be protected so that they are not in danger of being attacked, killed, or eaten.

Keeping hens in a safe, secure location is the best method to protect them from cats and other predators.

It is strongly advised to close off the area and make sure that other animals cannot get the hens using fence, mesh, high walls, or lids. 

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Use of cat repellents along the exterior of the chicken coop is another option.

As an added deterrent, you might place plants that cats dislike around the exterior of the coop.

When you have a cat, you are allowed to have chickens, but you must keep the chickens in a safe place.

It’s up to you whether to do this because there is still a chance that the chickens will be attacked even if you raise them in an enclosed space until they are large enough to travel freely.