I just had to chase off a cat and now my chickens are freaked out. What is a good way too keep them out? I live in town, and I would guess 50% or more of the house's around have cats, that are free range too the neighborhood. I don't really want too trap and take them too the shelter, our local shelter takes in 3000 cats a year, and adopts out 300. Its perty much a death sentence. I live on a ally way, and that attracts the cats even more. I figured if I trap them, then let them go after they are stuck in the trap for some time it will get them too leave the yard be, but will it? I really don't want too loose a chicken, I only have 2. They are attached at the hip and figure it would be a large blow for either too loose one of the other. My yard is wood fenced in some areas, and chain link in others. One side is only about 5'. I will be putting up a run later today too keep them safe till I figure out how too let them free range. But one of the main reasons we moved here is because it had such a nice sized yard for the birds. They will free range no matter what I have too do too get that too happen. I just want too be copacetic as possible.