@i-love-my-honey Yeah I prefer when my husband is home too so he can do the dirty work .
Wow 50 chickens that's a lot of birds. Usually when I lose 1 to a predator I keep them locked up for a few days.. up to a week either in their run or in the coop. One time I lost 5 overnight because I failed to lock up the coop that one time. Never happened again. Other than that I've only lost 2 to predators during the day while free ranging. Those were to aerial predators... probably hawks. I'm always either outside with them or looking out the windows when they're out. I've actually probably saved a bunch of them by spotting dogs that have been coming in our driveway before they can reach my chickens. At first I used to run them off, but that wasn't working cause they would come back most of the time, so I had hubby teach me how to shoot. Sadly they will most likely be back cause they know you have food or living dog toys, but you'll be ready for them!