I just recently found the joys of chicken raising and have been stroking the beard so to speak about letting the girls free range . I live out in the country in south eastern MI I have about 2 acres of land . I worry that that would be hit by cars or worse my neighbors cat that lives out doors and hunts the baby birds in my trees. This cat has been hanging around the coop at dusk staying back about 30-40 feet just watching the chickens in the run just about everynight. I don't know if letting them out is basically just feeding the cat or not? Can they fend off a cat? I do have one roo well he's not quite a big boy yet but he comes after my hand every morning when its feeding time.So should I try to let them wander about or coop them up?