When i refilled water this morning, Alice, my BA, tried to follow me out of the gate.So i thought about it and said, "Let me go get my orange juice and ill come let you two out for a bit." First time free ranging. They conquered the "big roost" yesterday-theyre growing up. Rosie and Alice quite happily trotted, "flew", and scratched in the overgrown garden. Then i saw them. My idiot neighbors neurotic dogs. Labs . Poorly bred and mistreated. Loose again. Heading right for my yard. Neither Rosie nor Alice enjoy being handled-but i saw the dogs the same time thr dogs saw my only surviving chickens. After a mad race into the garden, i JUST beat the dogs- grabbing VERY startled chickens and holding them overhead. The girls did not try to follow me out of the gate twice. No free ranging for my chickens Im hoping my dedication to pulling up their favorite plants and catching jars full of cicadas, june bugs, and grasshoppers will suffice.