Hey gang. I'd like to say thanks for creating this community and I'm proud to be a part of it. So here's my situation. I'm a pastor living in a parsonage (that's a home provided by the church so it's not mine to do with as I please). The home sits on an approx. 2.5-3 acre lot which is about 90% lawn/grass... I should know I have to cut it . I have a 5' cyclone fence in the rear with approx. 1/4 acre inside of it, it's the dog's area. Other than the property is bordered by woods on 3 sides & a rural highway on one side (not terribly busy). Anything I want to do which has a permanent footprint/mark on the property has to be approved by the church. All this means I need a solution with the following criteria: 1a) I will not erect a permanent chick house or run. I'm thinking I can make do with 1-3 of the "chicken tractor" style coops and a free range flock. 1b) Whatever I erect for chicken housing needs to be portable to a new location as I'll take the chickens with me when we eventually move. I say this as I'm a United Methodist minister and we submit to the "appointment process" which is to say we're essentially 'itinerate' preachers. The conference moves us on average every 3.5 years, I've been appointed since July(my first appointment I've been working toward it for several years). 2) Number one is what I want to do, but my problem is going to be mostly dogs. Yes we have hawks & other wild predators, but I've got 1 large and 3 small (Chow, 2 Beagles, & Mini. Schnauzer) dogs which are my neighbor's. I really don't want to create enemies out of my neighbors by having free roaming chickens and complaining when their dogs attack them. I'm sure my chickens will possibly make their way over to their yard on occasion so turn about is fair play. 3) I'd like a flock of 6-12 chickens (5-10 hens & 1-2 roosters). Looking for egg production. I'm considering meat production, but I'm a bit unsure of the amount of time it takes to dress a chicken being worth it. 4) I ad this. Financing is a big reason for us wanting to do this. Without the details, we're in financial dire straits headed toward bankruptcy (both lost jobs on back to back days in Jan. of this year, can't make mortgage payments on home, we own/lived in before my appointment as pastor/parsonage living). So an effective and efficient garden and source of protein are going to be a real asset very soon. I'm even thinking of building a rabbit coup for meat production. My specific questions: 1) Are there breeds "wild" enough to avoid becoming dog food? 2) Are there males, Old English Game comes to mind, that might be able to fend off a dog? 3) I'm wondering if not clipping the more flighty breeds wings would allow them to "fly" away? (I know chicken's can't fly very far, not true flyers) 4) I'm favoring the Mediterranean breeds, is this a good choice? For the record I was raised on a farm with, well most everything so once I can get the chicks reared it'll become old hat too me. I'm also probably getting a few milk goats, son's cow milk intolerant and it's $8 bucks from farmers or $13+ per a gallon at the store. I'll also have a garden come next February, and have got my compost pile started! Thanks for the input and help. I'm sure I left out some stuff but with your help we can flesh it out! Phillip Ps wrote this a while back, went to shut down cpu & noticed I didn't post it, it's late! Thanks for your input.