I don't know if anyone has any good answers but here goes anyway.... I live in a semi-rural area and, of course, there are no leash laws. Almost everyone's dogs run loose. So far I have had one cat dragged out of her house and killed. Dogs tore through the wire of the rabbit hutch and killed one. Tonight I came home and the hutch had been torn into again but they didn't manage to get the other rabbit. My chicks are going out to thier coop tomorrow. I am putting electric wire around the coop and they will be locked in the hen house at night - but this is happening while we are away at work during the day. I can't keep the birds locked up all of the time. Our local animal control tells us that they have enough problems dealing with animals inside the city limits - they just can't handle any more. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have really put a lot into these girls and I don't want to lose them.