Glad to finally be apart opf such a wonderful collection of folks that love chickens the same as we do. We live in West Texas and have finally gotten a good lil flock going. But today our free range buff orpingtons encountered some trouble while we were in town. The neighboring ranch dog got a hold of our big rooster and didnt tear him up but gave him a good scare Im sure. The neighbors kids came and got the bird from the dog and put him in a pile of sticks in our back yard for fear that our dog woulds bite if they got too close. Shaken but otherwise okay we put him back with the flock but found that he had fire ants all over him. What can we do? Just worried and concerned for our big boss. Thanks for any help and its awesome to be a member of BYC.