So my idea is kind of crazy so I wasn't even quite sure where to post my question....so here it is. Over the years, feral cats have arrived on the ranch and had kittens and then the mamas have disappeared. So I have ended up raising the kittens and have fallen in love with all of them along the way. Lately, the disappearances have increase and I have heard the coyotes at night and even saw one bold as can be in the daylight today. I can't have the cats inside (allergies) and I don't have a garage or any other place to put the cats at night. So here's my idea...Can any of you experienced chicken folks think of a reason, after the chickens are locked up in their coop for the night, that I couldn't then put the cats into the predator proof chicken run for safety during the night time hours? Then in the morning I would make sure all the cats were out of the run before I opened the coop and let the chickens back out. I could put a sandbox (no kitty litter--just sand) in for the overnight of the cats and take it out before the chickens went back into the run. I was also thinking that I could put some boxes with holes on high ledges way up in the corners for the cats to use to keep warm at night (I'm in Texas and these cats prefer to "winter" outdoors--even when I offer heated areas on the porch, they stay outdoors). So my question is, as I said, could this work or am I overlooking or too inexperience to recognize the obvious flaws here. Pathogens? etc? Thanks!