Cannot load a picture--sorry. As I went out to feed the hens and lock them up, I looked to my right, between the house and chicken pen. There is about 15 feet between the house and pen. The back corner and about 6 feet of the house overlap lengthwise and are where the chickens had to come to get to me and the door. They heard and saw I had food. There was a cat lounging in the middle of the space where they would run. All at once the chickens saw and heard me. At that moment I realized the cat was between us and facing me. They had about ten feet to run to get to the cat and another 10 feet to reach me.
The hens went from nothing-to-ninety, and Maggie May was about two feet from the cat and going to jump over the cat when the cat heard them. The cat whirled/jumped in a defensive move of about 90 degrees, sitting crouched instead of the casual lying about on her feet pose. The hens pulled up short when the cat jumped. Then, Maggie May decided to run ahead to me for food, followed by Patsy Cline. Thelma would not advance more and take a chance on getting near the cat. sigh So, I had to walk toward her and between her and the cat. Since her protector came close to the cat, she decided she would run to get food.
The hens are so much fun to watch. If you are thinking about getting chickens, you just don't know how much fun you will have.
Most of the cats are either afraid of the hens or just ignore them. But, the cats like to sit near the hens. We have a few new cats in the yard that are overly curious and might mistake my hens for chicken dinner. But, from what I have seen, the hens set them straight on that. The hens are not aggressive like a rooster or mama hen would be. However, if a cat is aggressive, the hens usually startle, make lots of noise and flap their wings. Those two things absolutely terrify every cat I have seen interact with the hens. .
Cats do stalk the young chickens, but so far have only gotten a chick.
Do your chickens ever accidentally frighten a curious cat? What do the roosters do to innocent cats?