My chickens free range during the day and are locked up at night. My closest neighbors allow their dogs to roam. this summer my across the street neighbor was walking by my house and his unleashed dog came into my yard and killed one of my Buff Orphington Pullets. He offered me one of his laying hens as payment. (his chickens are kept in a pen) The hen he brought me had balls of poo dried to her toes that had to be cut off and I think she had mites cause I ended up having to treat my whole flock not long after I got her. This morning I heard one of my Welsummer/Ameracauna cross pullets screaming and lookd out in time to see the down the road neighbors dog run off with her in his mouth. I am mad because I was really hoping for some pretty olive speckled eggs form her next spring. I take off after the dog (in my robe) and knock on my neighbors door and tell him his dog is eating my chicken. The first thing out of his mouth is "Were they penned up?" I said no. He offered me one of his chickens. I declined. I have eggs coming out of my rear right now and his chickens won't lay Speckled green or blue eggs. Plus I am never bringing chickens into my flock again from outside flocks. He told me that next time I caught him in my yard to beat him. For SEVERAL reasons this is not going to happen. Really, it is just a bad idea. I did however inform him that I have a cattle prod and will be buying batteries for it. Over breakfast my husband and I got into a VERY heated discussion about penning up the chickens at all times. He thinks that it si our job to keep THEIR dogs off our property. I think that just because something is out of a pen on our property that is not an invitation or a right for their dog to kill it. There are no leash laws out here,no animal control and if I called the sheriff i am sure I would be told to just shoot the dog. We have always gotten along with this family but I think that our views of this situation is going to cause big problems.