So I knew it was only a matter of time before my neighbors dog that is let to run free would visit my girls. She has come on my property several times since the chickens came. I have always been alerted by my dogs and then I can yell at her and she runs away. Well yesterday she made it all the way down into our hen yard. I heard the chickens causing a ruckus. Before I could get her run off she managed to get my oldest and alpha hen cornered and killed. I think she actually scared my old girl to death. I couldn't find any bite marks on her or blood, but she was dead none the less. The rest of the chickens fled and it was over 2 hours before the last of them came back. I have 24 acres and I am pretty sure some of them went all the way to the other end of our property. I spent yesterday going back and forth between crying and being very mad. People have complained about his dog running free for quite some time. They chain one of their dogs up, but not this one. We live out in the country and the animal control doesn't do anything. Waste of time to even call them. So my husband called them last night and they apologized, offered to replace her and said they would take care of the situation. So this morning I am happy to report that the dog is in a harness and chained up with their other dog. Sad part is that the other neighbor across the road that has chickens has two missing as of last night too. Hard to know if it was the dog or not, but since she is the only dog out here that is running free it is highly likely. I do have to say that I am so proud of my old girl. She put herself between the dog and the other hens so they could run or get in the coop. She gave her life, the ultimate sacrifice. She was my alpha hen and old. She didn't lay eggs anymore and we had actually been talking about sending her to freezer camp. But we would have done it quick and humanely...not by tormenting her to death. It saddens me that she had to die in such a way, but makes me proud of her for saving the other girls at the same time. RIP Old Black Hen. Here is a picture of her.