This is my very first time here, so pardon my mistakes if I don't find my way correctly. I have Siklies and Americaunas (all bantams) & 4 crazy guineas, less than 4 months old. We lost 60% of our 50 chicks to a family dog who had never seen chickens before. After 2 weeks of staying away from them, she killed them while we were shopping. So we don't want to lose any more chicks. We have all kinds of pets, so I am very torn over what to do about a tiny kitten that has shown up in the yard. It will not come to people, so I figure it's from a litter that had no owner. This tiny kitten has taken up with our chickens & has started following them around the yard! Tonight, it was close to going in to the roost house for bedtime. I do not feed this kitten at all, but it has not moved on in search of food somewhere else. We put it over a neighbor's fence & it came right back. It would take patience to catch it again. It looks like the poor creature goes to the chickens for company. Today, it was last in line when "the herd" strolled by. I have too many pets to bring it into the house. My question is: if I have it spayed or neutered, is there a good chance it will NOT hunt my chickens when it grows up, since it has attached itself to the chickens as this tiny kitten? I can't have it grow up and decide to kill when a hunting instinct kicks in. I don't mind feeding it if it'll stay friends with the fowls. I don't know why the 4 guineas don't object to it, but they don't. I don't want to take this poor thing off to get it away, but it'll grow quickly. It can't hurt a chick now, but that can change soon as it grows. I'm so angry at people who don't take responsibility for their animals! This little kitten is alone, afraid of people, and it's because some person didn't spay their cat. Thanks a lot for your feedback.