My chickens live at my in-laws property a few miles from me. I frequently feed them at night. The neighborhood isn't exactly the safest, as some of you probably remember my live trap was stolen from there not very long ago! I always take the dogs and I have a permit to carry a gun though. Generally we're talkin small theft type crime, not aggressive stuff. I feel safe enough with my Chow dog on guard. Well tonight while I was getting eggs the dogs started growling. They usually don't growl when they find a stray cat or somethin, so I thought that was bad. I was kinda expecting an aggressive raccoon or skunk or somethin. I drew my 9mm and was thinking, man I wish I'd brought the .22 coz this thing is gonna be loud if I have to shoot somethin......turns out I brought the right gun though! There was a strange guy crouched down behind some junk out there not far from my chicken pen!!!!!!! I bright lighted him with my LED maglight and asked him what he was doin and he said he was takin a dump -- which wasn't true because he was wearing overalls. I went back out to the street where I could see all around me, and called 911. While I was on the phone, the guy took off through the woods, and I could hear neighboring dogs barking at him. Two cops came, one searched on foot and one drove around using some kind of night vision thingy. They didn't catch him though. The cop on foot was the same one who responded to my neighbor's complaints about my roosters and he recognized me. Good memory, coz that was back in July! He was nice and I thanked him for coming. Gonna take a bit for my nerves to settle though!!!