Hi, everyone! I'm getting my FIRST chickens in two weeks, and this is my first post I live in the city, just outside of downtown (population 200,000), so we have the usual predators - cats and raccoons (so used to humans, you can hand-feed them), rats as big as cats, and mice. The coop and run are VERY well built, but it's the little critters I'm worried about - I've seen what a rat can do to a sleeping pigeon, and it's not pretty! I'm wondering if a 9 week old kitten can be raised with my three young girls (they'll be about 12 weeks when we get them, one Polish and 2 Ameraucana). The kitten was a previously a housepet, dropped off at a farm, and the person currently caring for him has offered to have him dewormed (yes), vaccinated (yes), fixed (definitely!) and declawed (IDK...) for free. She says he's very friendly! He would have his own loft built in the coop, with food, water, and litter, and my fat fuzzball of a housecat to play inside with during storms. If it's too chilly in the winter, we may heat the coop. Is this a good idea? I'm going to meet him first, to see how tame he is, and I can always introduce him slowly, but not put him in the coop until the Am's are bigger. What do you think?