We are new to chickens. Our "babies" are six weeks old today - three Rhode Island Reds, and three Plymouth Rocks - and growing up fast! We keep them in the garage with a lamp. Soon, they'll move to their outside coop, where we intend to keep them for a few days to get used to their new surroundings an learn what "home" means. After that, the idea is to eventually let them roam outside during the day. Our backyard is ~0.5 acre and fully fenced in, and should provide a good environment for them. Our worry at this point is cats - our own, plus our neighbors'. I know cats would kill small chicks, and I know cats would stay away from fully grown chickens - much too big and feisty. But our birds will be "in between" for some time - not small, but not full size either. Can they co-exist with cats during the day? Or must I build a temporary and fully enclosed run to keep them completely away from cats for a few months, and then remove it as they get older/bigger? Appreciate any advice. We want to be good "parents" and keep our birds safe, but at the same time I don't want to build a run for just a few months of use unless I have to. Any experience with chickens and cats? How old is "old enough" that they can co-exist peacefully?