We in Alabama have most every type of predators you can think of. Skunks will rip a Chickens head off and suck up blood. Racoons, Opossums and Coyotes will kill the Chicken and take it away. Dogs will kill and leave the dead chickens. Hawks will swoop down and take off with your birds. When we free ranged our Chickens we lost many Chickens as you can't spend all your time watching Chickens and chaseing off preditors. This year we bought some Guinea hens. They roam around the farm like a bunch of soldiers on alert but stay with the Chickens. If the Guinea's see anything they all start squaking and every bird runs for cover. Guinea hens also lay very good eggs.