(apologies for typos - typing w/ dilated eyes) We live next to a rental. the previous tenants moved out about 2 weeks ago. They had a massive wolf/malamute hybrid, Jax. Jax scared me but I learned to trust that he would never come into my yard. He liked to watch the chickens and I have no doubt he would have gladly dispatched each of them. He also liked to bark at them to watch them freak - the chicken coop is on that side of the property. The new tenants just moved in last weekend. I met the hubbie today and he seems really nice. They're got 3 kids & 2 dogs, one is a Weimereiner-greyhound mix & the other is a poofy something or other mix... teddy bear-malamute-pomm?? Both bark. A lot, oy vey. Both also like to watch the chickens. And bark. A lot. The fence between our property is a 4' tall rickety old picket fence held together with wire and dog collars (I'm serious). YIKES. I let the girls out today and went out when I heard the dogs barking. There's Nugget, the RIR who likes to attack my kitties, challenging the Weimereiner through the picket fence. Darn dog had her nose through the fence and Nugget was trying to figure out how to attack the brown schnooz. This is the same bird who recently attacked my female cat, hackles up, claws forward, tufts of fur flying. Nugget won, let's just say. Me: Birds: back into the run & no FR-ing for them. (What is is about birds named Nugget? Fesity little things!!) I promised the new tenants eggs when we get more and asked for their help/assurance that their dogs stay on their side. SUBTLE HINT: your dogs kill the chickens and no eggs for you! the husband was going to put some wire mesh up on their side to plug spaces between the pickets. He also offered to chat with the owner about the fence. I'm going to offer to do the labor of building a new fence if the landlord buys the materials. Their 3 yo daughter is really excited about the "chickies". Our other fence is tall enough to keep her out, so I'm hopeful we won't have a wee unsupervised visitor who wants to hold/feed chickies. She was standing on said rickety fence earlier and givng me a heart attack that it would fall, she would get hurt, dogs would invade, chickens would run, and dogs would attack. Soooo, I'm just feeling nervous about my girls' safety. Good fences DO make good neighbors!!