Hi everybody. I've been lurking for a couple of months now and decided to join in on your fun with fowl. I'm new to chickens. I got 2 chicks a couple of months ago. Both are ladies. Both are RIR's. Both are very friendly. Anyway, I got these birds for eggs for my family. I just got so disgusted with these factory farms and figured this would be a fun, healthy alternative. My question is (hopefully I'm in the right forum) how big will these girls get? I'm planning on letting them free roam, but I have a couple of kitty cats. The largest being 8lbs. The chicks are too young yet, but when they are big enough, will they be bothered by the cats? Also, do you guys butcher your own chickens or take them to a specialist? Curious. Thanks for any help.