I am new chicken lover and am looking forward to my first batch of excellent laying, cold-hardy chickens (mixed variety). I have them a cozy coop attached to my barn which i plan to house them but am worried due to numerous coyoties, wolves, foxes, and other creatures who roam the area! Please help me! I would rather not buy a fancy security system, and my chickens are free range, but I not sure how to protect them once they are ready to move into the coop! If it helps, i am getting several dogs (rhodesian ridgebacks- originally trained to hunt lions, pugs-awwww!, and labradors- very loyal) which will be raised with the chickens as puppies and chicks so they are used to and grow fond of one another. Thanks for the help!