The other day when I went outside to let my chickens out of the coop in the early morning I look down and see a TINY gray Siamese looking kitten laying right next to the coop. Away it ran. I continued to see it early in the morning and at dusk for the past week. The other night I was over at my in-laws until a little too late. When I came back all of the chicks were in the coop ready to be put to bed. I did a quick count and one was missing (I had 28). We eventually found one of our (two) Turkens with its entire back ripped open and all of the organs eaten. After looking on here I assumed it was a possum or a raccoon. Tonight at dusk around 8 pm as I am herding the chicks into the coop the kitten once again appears. My husband sees it lunge at one of the chicks teeth and claws bared. Before we headed off to bed tonight my husband went out to put something in the compost, he hears the chicks making unusual noises, he looks in the coop and the kitten is IN THE LOCKED COOP. I guess he/she had just gotten in as all of the chickens appeared to be physically okay. The coop is a converted shed with a bottom. It has a screen door and a window both covered in hardware cloth. At the top of the screen door (about 6 feet up) is a small gap, just a few inches wide that I string the power cord through. Our only explanation as to how it got in is climbing up the hardware cloth and squeezing in. We have tried to catch the kitten a few times before but he has always been able to get away. Of course this time he was cornered but given his size we totally under estimated him. He is barely bigger than the chicks, like the size of a large guinea pig. But he clawed and bit my husband surprising him into dropping him and he got away. We closed the external shed doors for tonight and turned off the heat lamp but that is obviously a very temporary solution. Obviously I am SO thankful and relieved that the kitten was caught before he did any damage. I assume that the kitten is probably Ferrel. Is my best bet to trap him and take him to the SPCA?