I was somber this morning... thinking if I should even own 'prey' animals at all with my hunter cats around.... but I knew if I didn't act fast, a replacement chick would be impossible.
I knew I couldn't get a tiny baby chick again because the older chickens would peck her to death attempting to get the pecking order established again. So I ran to Dell's with Logan and asked if they had chicks still that were from the same batch as our 3 wk old hens.
They had exactly two 3 wk old Buff Orphington's left... And I got them both. We are naming them Bessy 2 and Betty. They seem to be settling in just fine with the other chicks.
I also bought a 1x1inch hog fence metal top for the brooder box. No chickens out, no cats in.
Lets just hope that they can last another 5 wks until they can be outside. Then I think they will be fine... but until they are too big for the cats to prey on, we will be watching closely.