I am sure you have all heard this before but for those who haven't here goes....When I first moved to this new farm I had terrible dog/coyote problems. Now being a dog lover with a full time job I didn't have the time or desire to kill or scare them away. I continued to lose a chicken or two a turkey or three a duck here and there and several injured goats/kids. This couldn't be helped, I thought, because at the time all my animals free ranged with the horses and spent the night in a stall. The last straw....coming out of the house in the morning to see a coyote/dog literally dragging a new born foal through the pasture with the mare in hot pursuit. The predator met his maker and the colt survived but What if I wasn't there..... The solution...I bought donkey, a standard a jenny. No more dog/coyote problems...haven't lost a bird at least to a dog/coyote since....they really don't like the canine species or really anything strange to the pasture, people included....prob not practical for the chicken coop but works for the pasture.