A few questions about the neighbours' cats stalking our chickens. Recently they killed two new young pullets we had bought. I had naively thought they'd be okay as we hadn't had a problem with our previous batch, but I now remember these cats were not around when they were little. The big girls (when I say big, they are Belgian D'Uccle Bantams) don't seem to be in any danger, but I now realise their behaviour changed around the time the cats started lurking. I'm pretty sure that's around when they stopped laying. Could stress be the cause? Also they started spending most of their time standing on top of our outdoor setting - now I wonder if that's because they feel safer up there and have a good 360 degree view? What's more, around this time they stopped "going to bed" at night and instead roost on top of a fence. We have to manually get them down to lock them in their house at night (a major nuisance as they have chosen a spot near a very prickly tree, and most days I'm home alone at dusk, and with a newborn baby that's not a good time to have an extra thing to worry about). Could this be a fear of going into their house where they'd be more easily cornered by a cat if I don't shut the door quickly enough? All philosophical questions. but now for the practical one - what do I do about this? I'm filled with impotent rage as not only do I love my little chickens, but I'm frustrated at how much money we spend buying them, feeding them, building their housing, how much time cleaning their housing and caring for them, only to have no eggs and this distressing loss. But there doesn't seem to be anything you can do about cats - they have free run of the world. For now I'm keeping them all locked up in their smallish cage while I decide what to do. Previously they were happily free-ranging over a big yard, so this is really not ideal. I don't want the remaining little one to be locked up all alone, so have opted to keep them all in there. Also I'm not sure if they cats now have a taste for blood and newfound confidence and will now be after the adult chickens too. Any ideas?