Ok, the kids and I got brave today. We finally put our babies outside. We hope our coop and run can hold back the predators. It was horrible getting them out there. My inlaws dogs acted like they were going to attack me and the kids. We went and bought a pellet gun this weekend. My son got it out to be safe. The dogs barked for a solid hour after we put the chickens out. Now they are all laying our my chicken coop like waiting for one to get close. One of the dogs is a stray and I am considering calling the dog warden on him. He scares me with or without chickens. I have buried chicken wire in the ground and got a "small animal" hotwire fence put up around it. My babies keep going to the fence where the dogs are laying. Im so scared one is going to stick their head out and that be it. I can not beleive after all the stuff I do..homeschool my kids, run my husbands business, house and yardwork, garden, and etc etc, that is is the one thing that may get me on Prozac! This should be a great experince for me and my kids.. but all I am doing is waiting for the attack.. How long wil lit take for the dogs to leave my yard? Or to settle down? They never come over here...Please let my babies be safe! Also, I just realized they have no shade out there, do they need shade? If so ill go purchase a tarp for one side.