my poor flock - Page 2
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I am sorry for your loss. I have the same issue here, I wanted to let my chickens free range, but most of the farm people near where I live leave their dogs loose. There are also coyotes, raccoons, etc. So I decided for their safety they needed a coop. We made them a chicken tractor (run) with 4 different openings and we rotate which they use so new grass grows they can take their dirt baths, and eat buggies. There is welded wire under the lattice. I live in Florida too so I made sure there was a lot of ventilation. We re-purposed much of the materials from a small shed we tore down. It doesn't have to be fancy just safe.
I love the breed, the lady I bought my ewes from had a couple of them. Not people friendly but very protective of the flock. They are also expensive I was quoted $1500-1800. We do have a large mixed breed dog that stays out and keeps away most predators. She does not have access to the chickens though, just the sheep. On my wish list though.