Hi all! I've been reading this board trying to learn more from all of you and as you can expect, I have questions. My kids would be devastated if something were to happen to our new babies, so I'd like to protect them as best I can. Does anyone have cats? And if so, how do you teach the cats to stay away from the chickens? I found a dead bird in my garage a couple days ago and thought CRAP! My cats are bird killers. Do the chickens eventually learn to protect themselves against other household pets? My dh will be building our run today and judging by his plan for it, it's tiny. He wants our chickens to mostly be able to wander our yard, which is fine with me, but after reading more here, I'm wondering if maybe that's not such a good idea? We live on 2.5 acres, so space isn't an issue. Though building a bigger run will take the work of moving some stuff out of the way to accommodate. Can anyone give me some advice on what would be best?