I've been thinking about this one for the past two days now:
Is it a good/bad idea to get a dog to protect your flock of chickens? Here's my scenario: I have a small backyard flock, my backyard is about an acre of flat land with some surrounding trees and I live in a colder area. I had a fox take two 3 month old cockerels back in early October. Before that, I had something sneak into my coop and drag out 10 chickens! I did beef up the coop after that so that no predator can get in (and they haven't gotten in since). I was wondering if it is possible to get a dog to protect the flock, if so, what dog breed would be good for colder temperatures and a good protector yet calm and gentle towards humans? Thanks!