I had my first chicken attack the other day. I walked out and saw the dog(s) responsible and chased them off (only because I can't run fast enough to catch them). I lost one of my 19 chickens to the attack, but ALL of them were absolutely terrified! Now I will admit perhaps I shouldn't have had my chickens out unfenced, but they have been unfenced on my property for several weeks. They also stay on my property, I'm on three and a half acres in a semi-rural area. They are also more than capable of flying over the four foot fence that "keeps" them in if I do fence them in. I know because they do it almost daily. My neighbor, across the street, has a dog that is chained up. They also have a female that they let run free all over the neighborhood and they allowed her to have free ranging puppies over the winter that are probably about 4 months or older now. There are also a couple other neighborhood dogs, that I presume have owners, but for all intents and purposes the dogs are stray. It was one of these "strays" that actually killed the chicken, but the puppies were watching. I don't know if the female mother was there as I did not see her. The attack must have been pretty vicious as I saw feathers of various colors around the yard, but only one pile of feathers where they/it actually caught one. The other chickens were terrified and I had to spend a couple hours digging through my property trying to find them and coax them out in order to put them back in the coop and run as the had found the smallest and most inaccessible places to hide and DIDN'T want to come out. I know I need to put up a fence on the edge of of my property along the road, but since I've been unemployed for 6 months, finances are extremely tight. The fence in the back that I use for a run is too short to put along the road. I plan on speaking with the neighbor and basically stating that I will keep my chickens on my property and if possible fenced in. However, if I find their dog(s) on my property bothering my chickens, given the current history, their dog(s) may not make it home alive. What would you do (that is legal)? FYI - if I catch their dog(s) "worrying"or killing my livestock on my property I am within my legal right to injure or kill their dog(s). Also they are committing an "offence" by having a dog that is uncontrolled on my property without my permission and Tennessee state law also says that they have a duty to keep their dog under "reasonable control" at all times. I don't want to make enemies of my neighbors, but I also know that there are some people you can't please, so what would you do?