I arrived home yesterday to find yet another mother hen and her hatchlings waiting for me in the driveway. I have such a big barn that chickens can find dozens of places to hide their eggs where I can't get to them. No wonder I have so many free-range chickens. I love the darlings, but fear for their safety with the hungry cats around. My hens are pretty tough. I've watched them scare off the cats many times. It's not about size - it's all about attitude.