We have raised 18 baby chicks (big now) and have/had 5 adult layers. We're just starting out on 20 acres with 4 young kids and we are NEW to this! Two weeks ago we saw feathers everywhere on the side of our house, no bones or blood... and figured it to be a fox, wolf or coyote. Ten gone all in one night. Our dog is unfamiliar with chickens, since we only moved here about a year ago and recently got some. She quickly learned to leave the chickens alone while they were free ranging during the day in our yard and seemed to get along with them. (We taught her with a quick knee in the chest like we did when we taught her not to jump on people... it works!) As of yesterday, we didn't think it was our dog, until we found her with a huge chicken in her mouth! Blood, bones and all!! After missing some more chickens here and there after the first 10 chickens were gone, we blamed it on a fox, wolf or coyote. So we want to give her the benefit of the doubt. BUT now with only 4 "baby chicks" left and 3 of the inhereted layer chickens.... I have to believe it was her all along!???? What do you all think? We have relatives with farms and ours is just a 20acre hobby but we really want to let them free range during the day and when we found our dog munching on the RAW chicken...it was in the afternoon! Just want opinions about the dog vs. fox/wolf/coyotes.... we know the coop needs to be safe and we just like the free range way during the day!!