Currently my chicken coop is in my backyard and because I have one outside dog that lives in a "doggie condo" (what my friends call it) right next to my coop I don't have any trouble with predator. Next year we are moving our chicken and ducks over to our 14 acre field where we have all our other animals and getting a bunch of Freedom Ranger meat birds. On one side is a housing development but the other side is brush/forested area. My father lives in the housing development, but we live about a half mile away so we wouldnt be there to prevent or stop a predator attack if one happened. We plan on moving to the field within the next few years, but I need to figure out a way to protect my chickens from local cats, dogs, foxes, and the occasional coyote. I planned on getting a LGD as our herd of goats and sheep grows, but is there any breed that is especial good with chickens that I could raise and keep with them? Does anyone else protect their chickens in this way? No one in the neighborhood has lost any cats recently but every now and then a coyote or some other large predator will find its way to our area and the area cats will start disappearing, I just don't want this to happen to my chickens. I would like to free-range them and just close them in at night if possible. I know that a dog wont help against hawks, but we rarely see them around here because all the crows tend to chase them off.