After reading many of the very sad posts, please understand that this is not meant to offend, however for me it is totally unacceptable not to do everything possible to protect a pet. For instance I can not imagine what must go through a poor chicken's mind while being eaten alive by a predator. When the wife got her little flock many years ago it was readily apparent they were her personal pets and by default it was my duty to protect them at all cost. Therefore at the outset I built them a pen with an electrified perimeter fence along with a virtually impenetrable coup for nighttime protection. However at other times they were and still are allowed to free range, which obviously requires additional offensive and defensive measures of protection. As you might expect, living in a rural setting over the years we too have had numerous unsuccessful predatory attacks by hawks, owls, dogs, cats, opossum, raccoon, bobcat, fox and coyote. Beyond that you will have to use your own imagination for the details, simply put protection must equal the threat, the end justifies the means. Again forgive my somewhat ambiguous and vague manner as some things are best left unsaid. Aside from that, I will gladly attempt to advise "within the limits of the law" how to provide pet protection, but be aware that most methods require a serious commitment of time and effort on your part. In summary, over time some of her flock has passed on, but none have ever been killed by a predator.