Hey peeps! My DBF and I are moving to the Catskill area of New York in about a month. We're taking 8 or 9 chickens, our rabbit, dog, horse and several other house pets. This place doesn't have a chicken coop, so we'll be building a new one. It's going to be a great living situation for us, but a big location change. It will be slightly more remote than what we're used to, but we're looking forward to being so close to the northern nature. Here's the hitch: There are bears in the area. The couple we'll be renting the house from live in another house on the property. They said that they'd be happy if we brought chickens, but to be aware that they've seen both a bear and several coyotes in their yard. They also have a neighbord who had a flock destroyed by mink. Oddly enough - not so much a raccoon problem there! Anyone have any tips for us? The idea of the bears makes me nervous - that I wouldn't even want to let our mini schnauzer out unattended in the fenced in yard. How am I going to let my chickens free range? On one side of the property is a corn field. The other side is a huge rocky dropoff (that's able to be hiked) that goes into a forrest where there's also a stream. Seems if I were a predator - I'd want to live there! If anyone has any helpful hints, I'd appreciate it!