First, I'm really glad you guys are here! What from I have read so far, there is invaluable information for me and my husband to learn. Info that you don't necessarily find in the books. My husband and I are the proud owners of four Americauna pullets with one Cockerel. (We know, we are going to get more girls come spring)! Yea! Anyway, I, as well as my husband, did not realize that we would fall head over heels for these now pets. Our rooster, Abe, does a pretty good job thus far, however, he is going through a stage where he is demonstrating his aggression. My husband can deal with it as he has more of an alpha presence. I, on the other hand, do not! I'm working on it though as I know that if we want to keep Abe, he has to know who's the boss! Our chickens live in the bottom of our barn and free range almost daily. We are entertaining the thought of getting a guardian dog as a fox got one of the chickens a couple months ago. My research so far points to the Great Pyrenees. We also have German Shepherd breeder that swears her line of dogs could do the job just as well! Any suggestions about which kind of dog to get to watch the chickens? Anyway, thanks for being here for us as we learn and make mistakes and learn from them!