I live up a hollow in the mtns so ALL my neighbors are family. There's good and bad in that. The good is obvious, the bad..... I have 15 chickens (soon to increase to over 50). There are two dogs who each belong to two different neighbors. Dog one isn't too much of a bother, only comes around when his owner does, but I have caught him in my chicken house and snooping around all around my barn. I haven't actually CAUGHT him with any eggs, but I don't doubt that he eats them (you don't get 8 eggs one day and 1 total for the next 4 days). Now, dog two has been caught in the act of eating eggs. I caught him walking in my backyard with an egg in his mouth (dog one was with him but didn't have an egg). So, I tell both my neighbors. 4 days later they put dog two up. I get 6 eggs, then 8, then drop back to 1. The day I find one, I see dog prints in broken egg yolk. Dog two is put up so I know it isn't him but I don't know for sure that it is dog one. Well, I came home last night to see both dogs running loose together!! Second part of my story. Last fall I had 26 babies that I hatched out. NONE of them made it to the spring. I didn't think too much of it since it was late when I hatched them, and one of the chicks I bought got really sick and the others were exposed. But, the more I thought about things that went on last year..... Another neighbor (not kin) told owner of dog one that their dog was eating another neighbors chickens and bringing them to their house. I just assumed it was really the other set of chickens that are close by. But the more I thought about it, that guy keeps excellent records and accounts of his chickens and would have known if any were gone, he has banties and my babies would have looked like banties so I'm now thinking that dog one ate all my babies. So, I asked the neighbors to put him up.....he's still running loose. What would you do in this situation? I would love to fence my land in, but that would be much to expensive at this point. As for giving them a run, that would be hard to do. Their house is at the end of my land, connected to a barn that all the FAMILY uses and fencing it in would require fencing in the driveway over. Sometimes I wish I'd NEVER EVER moved here!!