DOGS AND CATS
I have both dogs and cats and would like to get some chickens. What risks if any are there?
ANDY SAYS: Pet cats and dogs can be a concern to a chicken-keeper, and it is always worth familiarising them with your chickens where possible. Cats will invariably leave large, full- grown fowl alone, though bantams and young growers can be at risk from being attacked and killed. Some dog breeds such as collies mix very well with chickens, happily coexisting alongside them, but other breeds such as terriers can pose a risk. The chicken-keeper will need to train the dog to keep away from the chickens, though any dog that expresses an unhealthy interest in a flock should never be left alone with it. If you do not have a dog but have visitors who bring their pet along, politely point out that while their dog might not be bothered by the chickens, they will be bothered by him. If they are not familiar with dogs, most chickens are intelligent enough to view them as a predator threat.