We've decided that we would like a few layers so we're in the process of designing a coop and researching the type of hens to get. There are about 10 feral cats living around us. The lady next to us on the lane has caught them, had them fixed and leaves some food out for them but they mostly hunt. They are really good hunters as evidenced by the blue jay, grackle and sparrow carcases we see around our place. We also have the occasional possum, raccoon and 3 foot rat snake visit us. Oh yes, and we have two small dogs, chihuahua-rat terrier crosses. The coop we'd like to build is one of those triangular "ark" style coops and we plan to put 1/2 inch wire along the sides and bottom to keep the hens as secure as possible. Still though, we wonder, considering all the critters in our area, if getting hens wouldn't be like ringing the dinner bell. We can train and control our dogs but the cats are our biggest concern. Does any one have some advice? Thanks, Barb.