When our Java's were about two months old we brought them home from our friends house as she had the brooder light and time to take care of the chicks. I have two outside cats and one of them likes to leave "presents" in the driveway at times. I was concerned the one cat would make chicken snacks out of the babies and it was of high priority to make sure that did not happen.
We wanted to free range when the chicks got big enough and they would no longer be a snack for the hawks in the area.
They were about four months old when we started letting them out just before dark so they wouldn't wander to far. This gave them about 30 minutes to free range at that time. They were put back into the pen for the evening.
We stood outside to monitor their out time as well as the cats. One of the chicks was standing near me and a friend. The cat had
come to see what was on the menu and was showing great interest in the chick.
The cat was crouched to pounce and my friend just took her foot and touched the cats tail. The cat jumped into the air and this movement caused the chick to jump into the air as well.
The cat landed on the ground and a second later the chick landed right on the cats head. I could not have planned this if I tried.
The cat took off like someone shot it and the chicken when the other direction. To this day the cat won't go near or bother any of the chickens.
I guess some things do happen for a reason.
Nacho Chicken Mine