We have five 12 week old chickens and two 4 week old chicks and about to receive 20 cornishx. this morning when my big girls were out to free range I saw a cat stalking them! My first thought was for the chicks that were in an open top run for the morning.(trying to get the two groups to assimilate) But they were fine. And that cat as we ran outside, took a last ditch run and swipe at the chickens before running off. Luckily the chickens saw it and ran away making alot of noise. This is our first predator, would that cat really be able to take down our chickens? I want them to free range, but their safety is way more important! It was scary. We put the big girls (and boy )back in their covered run, and the little girls back in their covered home, but I would like to know a way to convince the cats to stay away! Any advice is appreciated!