Our neighbors who had 8 chickens, lost 2 to a cat. They said they didn't see the whole cat but they say they saw a tail and they could hear it. Just a week ago my mom saw this cat 2 times in the area where the chickens sleep. But she said she didn't SEE IT see it, but saw a greyish brown flash. She said it ran outta there as soon as she opened the gate to check on them. We would like to keep our pup Bruno with the chickens, but the doghouse we had for him is apprentely a roost/nest box for our younger pullets and silkies =3= He's good with the chickens, and I've seen his reaction to cats. He chases them basically, but in a playful way (we need to change that). Our chickens are free range to our front yard, I have never once seen a cat during the day when they are out and about. There are 4 sides to the area where they sleep and lay (we cant afford a coop and run so we just built some things out of tables and other stuff we could find). One side is a permanently locked gate to the backyard. It's locked because of our dachshunds who favor the chickens as food. Another side is the side of our house. And the other is a wooden fence and a smaller penned up coop and run (that we built) where our younger chickens are and the silkies. That area is covered with chicken wire and wood to keep birds out (they still get in ). And the other side is a wooden fence door. It's taller then me, I'm 5' 5" so its around 6 ft high. We lock it with a key lock too. So I'm guessing the evil beast is jumping over the door. Any ideas to keep this creature out? We would use Bruno, but it's getting cold out here and the dog house is kinda dirty now. The blankets that were in there were pooped on and my mom refused to put it in the washing machine. So we just threw it away.