Ok, this is proof my new coop and run just became a priority...I've been missing eggs, a lot of eggs. With only 4 hens and 5 hungry grown up peoples to eat them, getting zero or one egg for days on end just won't do. I know, I know, the current set up is so full of openings I'm lucky not to lose them as it is. Squirrels? Rats? There's been this feral cat hanging around, the evil twin of my own cat. Except this one hisses, growls and runs away instead of walking up and flopping over your feet to be pet. No one in the family can tell them apart except when under six feet apart. But it's awfully well fed looking lately... I just now this afternoon walked quietly out to check on the birds, they've discovered how to get out again yesterday. Five fluffy lumps sprawled in the run. FIVE? One is that feral cat, calmly laying along side the hens chomping down an egg. It sees me, picks up the egg, squeezes through the gap, and trots off (I'm pretty slow today from a bad back). NOW I KNOW! Argh! Can't shoot it, because it really, really looks just like my tabby. I've read about cats here on BYC before, so I'm just ranting. The real solution is a better coop. A bigger coop. Bigger coop means more chickens. So far, all I've got is a pile of lumber. thanks for listening!