of their flock? Already planning ahead to spring and worried about all the natural predators around here. I'm sure my SO remembers some things about the chickens his mom raised and how they handled predators and I'm sure I'll learn more here, but I was just wondering. I have an irish wolfhound mix that is very protective of other animals...especially our barn cat and she was the same way with cats I've owned in the past. She's also capable of taking down a coyote, has done so in the past. She's not allowed to roam on the property now for a number of reasons (her coyote hunting being one) but I wouldn't mind letting her sleep outside in the spring and summer if I thought she would keep an eye on things at the chicken coop for me.