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post #11 of 13 Old 03-12-2010, 01:41 PM
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I would assume you can't have farm cats and chickens at the same time? (Unless the chickens are housed safely away from the cats?)
My barn cats share a water fount with the chickens during the winter. I only keep a heater on the chicken and horse tanks.
I've only had a couple of cats over the years that weren't chicken compatable. Those cats got culled from the rest pretty fast.
The chickens have a coop and run seperate from the horses. I do occasionally let the chickens out to scratch around the manure pile. The horses mostly ignore them.
My dogs are chicken killers so thats who I have to keep very seperate from each other.


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If you are worried about birds drowning(chickens or otherwise, or squirrels even) in your troughs and tanks, put a heavy stick in from the bottom and coming out, so that a creature that fell in can climb out.
I don't know about full grown hens, but the problem with deep water and younger chickens is when a baby falls in, due to the way the body is weighted, they flip over and end up stuck head down in the water. I had a friend who kept ducks and chickens (and a few geese) and when she released a new batch of babies (maybe three or four weeks old, it was a long time ago, so I'm not sure, maybe they were a little older), she found several drowned in the kiddie pool she used for the ducks. That's why I was worried about horse troughs and chickens.

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I don't know about full grown hens, but the problem with deep water and younger chickens is when a baby falls in, due to the way the body is weighted, they flip over and end up stuck head down in the water. I had a friend who kept ducks and chickens (and a few geese) and when she released a new batch of babies (maybe three or four weeks old, it was a long time ago, so I'm not sure, maybe they were a little older), she found several drowned in the kiddie pool she used for the ducks. That's why I was worried about horse troughs and chickens.
Could this have been because there were both ducklings and chicks together and the chicks didn't understand? But yes, I too would be worried about chicks and horse water but most horse water bucks are atleast a few feet tall so i doubt that the chicks could get into them.
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