Sunday the 8th, i walked out of my back door to see that a family of cats had moved into, or actually onto my patio. They all jumped up and bolted for cover, i guess they thought no one lived here? Lol! There is a daddy cat, mommy cat, and 3 kittens about 4 weeks old. They have yet to bother the chickens. Chickens are not common around here so maybe they are afraid of them and/or the cockerel. The chickens are large, they are the same size as the dad cat, so that could also be it. I found a medium sized rat with its head missing, so maybe they have only left the chickens alone because there are a few rats around. I'm not sure. I do not want to be responsible for their deaths by "turning them in". Cats are a bit overpopulated, no shelter wants to take them for adoption purposes, they will be killed. They told me over the phone, that they do not take cats. I am still checking with veterinary/animal clinics, im hoping to find one that will take the family or at least take them after I've tamed them. I could try and find homes for them myself if I cant find a clinic to take them. It would take least 2 months for the kittens to be old enough to leave their mom, since the kittens are so young, surely they can be tamed by then. I would like to keep letting my chickens roam around but, there is only a 4ft tall 2"x4" welded fence that separates my patio area from the chicken area (what used to be my back yard, lol). The cats have only been here like 2 days, it could be only a matter of time before the dad cat tries to eat my chickens. It's better to be safe than sorry. I'm willing to confine my chickens to their run for a couple of months, though they probably aren't willing. Their favorite dust hole is outside of the run. If i can't find them a home, I'm thinking I will just let them stay. I will keep trying to find homes while they are here though. If i notice them stalking the chickens, I could cage them and then drop them off at a vets office a couple of hours before they open as a last resort. Have you ever had cats move in while you were trying to free range your chickens, what did you do, and how did it work out?