I'm a long time reader, but just joined BYC. Very excited to be here as you all have been a huge source of information for me!
We have two 6 month old kittens who we are moving into the garage to be "barn" cats (our barn is too far away for the kittens to live in, but the garage will serve the purpose. Tomorrow, we have 46 chicks arriving, and we're planning on setting their brooder up in the garage. Now, their brooder is as predator proof as we can make it (it's basically a 4' x 8' box 100% lined in 1/2" hardware cloth) so the kittens won't be able to touch them, but they can certainly look and jump on the brooder. I'm concerned that the chicks will have heart attacks just from being near the kittens. Is this possible? Am I overthinking this? We can keep the kittens indoors for a few more days, but I'm wondering if it's better for the chicks for the kittens to be the norm, or to introduce them after the chicks have a chance to settle in.
Would love any feedback!
Thanks all from "sunny" (not at all) Helvetia, Oregon