Last night my DBF and I were working on finishing the pen for the coop and we heard his parents dog across the road barking his head off, DBF went to check out what was going on, he came running back and told me to get DS into the house because a bear was down at his parents house, and off went DBF with his shot gun. Luckily, we had just brought the chicks back into the house after letting them have some outside time. We planned on putting the chicks out in their coop this weekend for good, but now Im not too sure that I want to. A couple years ago, a bear broke into his parents laundry room and got into the garbage while his parents were right in the living room, they thought it was the dog at first, but when his dad went to get her out of the garbage, he saw that she was behind his chair, and then he seen the bear coming at him, right in the house. DEC gave them rubber bullets to shoot at the bear, but now were afraid that the bear might attack one of the boys (DBF nephews 5 and 3 and my DSs 4 and 9). DBFs mom is contacting the DEC today to see what can be done. Now the question is, should we still plan on putting the chicks out this weekend as planned or wait?