We got our chicks at the end of June. By mid-July they were outside, in a coop in the barn. Two weeks later and they had a run, which is closed at night. At this point we are not free ranging as we have a silly old dog and the neighbours have two rambunctious dogs. Not to mention the many feral cats living in barns around us. The coop in the barn is safe, we feel. It's in an old horse stall, thick beam flooring and it is basically a secure room inside the barn, which is also shut up in the night. Coons and possums can get in the barn, but we don't feel they can get into the coop. However, we seemed to have had an increase in predators hanging out at night since the chickens have gone outside. Definitely more coons and hawks hanging out (outdoor run is roofed). But, last night we had coyotes come right up to the house. They were in the yard and definitely on the deck. We could hear them and I looked out the bedroom window and there were at least two on the deck. Besides looking to come to a place where someone would get my panic.... Is there anything that is common practice that deters predators from coming around? This was my mother-in-law's property and she never had a dog. When we moved here with our dog, we found the coon and possum problem disappeared for a while, but they have started to come around again. I would imagine that the desire for chicken over rides their fear of the dog. So... other than a secure coop, what else can we do?