Winter was pretty harsh for our little bantam family. We lot one to a hawk, and 3 to a stray cat. Two of the three were our favorite little hen and her only son. They were both so sweet, me and DH were both very upset about it. Sense that time, we've kept our feathered friends cooped, as it seems free-ranging is too dangerous for now. We have been trying to come up with a few ideas. First, we tried to live trap to take this stray to the shelter. No success. DH took other measures that I don't really want to discuss to make sure the stray wouldn't be around anymore (I'm an all around animal lover, so I was not really comfortable with this, but we can't keep losing our pets to a stray). We are not sure if it is gone or not. So...here is the latest thought. Has anyone had any success using larger chickens to guard bantams? All of our birds are BBRed OEBG's, and I have Golden Seabrights in the incubator. The other people in my area all have RIR and Jersey Giants....and no predator problems. If I can get by OEGB Hens to brood on Jersey Giant eggs, do you think that they might grow up to successfully be Guard Chickens for the little ones, or will it be every chick for him/herself if the cat comes back? Any other suggestions?