I moved my 8 week old leghorns and EE out to the big girl coop a few days ago. Everything was going fine. This morning I went out to feed them and couldn't find the EE. I thought maybe she was hiding, I left lots of little spaces for them to hide in until they got integrated with the rest. I went back down not even 10 minutes later with their water, and one of the leghorns was gone too! I put her back in the tractor with the meaties and began to walk around our yard looking for the babies, thinking maybe they squeezed out somewhere I missed. I found no sign of them, but there were 3 stray cats in the yard! Are they wha got my babies? I am feeling awful, I already lost a duck this week. My yard is completely fenced (just under 2 acres) and the chickens also have a 8x16 fenced and covered run. I have never lost anyone til this week! I am in city limits so I can't shoot the cats. I'm getting married next week and am really strapped for cash right now so I can't go buy a trap. Animal conrtrol does absolutely nothing around here. What do I do? Stop buying babies and just get pullets? How do I get rid of the cats? Not only do my chicks disappear when they are around they use my yard for a litter box and my toddler eats dirt. They get in my trash. I hated the things before, now I want them dead. Sorry if this offends anyone, I am just really mad right now. People want cats they need to keep them at home, same as any other animal. Is there anything else that would have got a chick in the 10 minutes I was gone in broad daylight?