Hello addicts, Newcommer here and soon to be chicken obsessed. I'm hoping I can get some good advise on the subject of free ranging and I'll let you in on the details of my situation to better assess why I'm asking these questions: I have a very small flock of 4 hens and 1 rooster. The flock originally consisted of 10 unknowns, which developed into 5 hens and 5 roosters. They resided in a coop built off of part of my barn. After losing 2-3 to predators or possibly too many roosters on a hen, I removed all roosters but my one keeper, and was down to 4 hens. I started making changes for longevity by building a chicken tractor out of chicken wire and pvc, with nest boxes and this has worked great, however, this morning 3 stray dogs tore open a corner and killed 2 of my hens. They hadn't even started laying yet. Now I'm down to 2 hens and 1 rooster, and am considering culling these for food (they are all free mixed breed birds) and restocking with 4-5 Australorps and 4-5 Partridge Rocks. But also building a nice wooden coop that's dog proof. With that said, the coop will not have a run, but these birds will be free ranging. Things to note: I'm on 5 acres, having an Australian Shepherd that does not obviously chase dogs off often enough, but doesn't respond at all to birds: no chasing, no herding, just flat out ignores them. My neighbor next door has over 20 birds of all types, most cooped, but they are visible from where my coop would be. We do not have coyotes or hawks (rarely), but have the occasional stray dog. This incident was the first I've had since I've owned my chickens (6 months). I do not have a front fence but will be building one this spring. Now to my question...assuming a cull my current leftovers, and raise chicks who will be well handled, is there a "proper" way or best practices and tricks to keep my chickens including roosters (no more than 2) coming back home, as opposed to going next door to socialize and live. The reason I ask is because these chickens I have, I attempted to free range and although they did not originate from next door, they seemed to migrate over the course of a week to her barn. Thanks guys for all the input!