The hubs and I started our chicken adventure back in February, working our way up to 3 Black Australorps, 5 White Plymouth Rocks, and 5 Red Sex Links. We built their coop inside our shed, with a doggie door to an enclosed outside run. We were worried about our neighbor's dogs, and today, were proven rightfully so. I let out the hens this morning, and got my kids on the bus. On the way back up the road, my friend mentioned the crazy neighbor's dogs were in my back yard. Sure enough, there they were. As I walked along my house, I finally got far enough back to see they had killed Baby Bertha, one of our Plymouth Rocks. She was our best layer - she laid every day and was the most friendly of our 13 hens. From what I can tell, she must've gotten curious about them being around the fencing, stuck her head out, and the dogs tore it off. By the time we had realized what had happened, the dogs were eating the head, and there were feathers everywhere. The carcass was just feathers, skin, and feet. They'd eaten all the meat off. Vicious, vile things. We called the police and animal control came and issued her a citation and fined her. But they can't take the dogs. So now we have to go to court to recover the costs of raising the hen from a 2 day old chick, plus lost income over eggs, etc.... The crazy woman thinks she's going to fight it in court because her dogs just "couldn't" have done this. Thankfully, I grabbed my phone and took photos of the dogs eating what was left of her, so I don't think she's got much of a defense. Just sad - I'm thankful it seemed quick and the hen didn't suffer, but she was my favorite. All I know is I'm in the market for a grumpy rooster who loves his ladies and hates strange dogs. And I own a firearm now, because the animal control officer said I'm within my rights to shoot anything that comes after my chickens. We have welded wire installed for the run, but I think I'm going to add the hardware cloth to it - we were going to tarp two sides for the winter anyway to help cut down on some wind, so maybe this will help keep the dogs off my chickens?