My husband and I were very naive thinking that our girls and roo would be fine free ranging during the day. And they were for about 4 months and then three went missing. The neighbor told my in-laws that their dogs were chewing on a dead chicken in their yard. I wasn't to upset with the dogs, we figured that the chickens had crossed the road to get to that beautiful bug filled bean field on the otherside, and the dogs figured they were fair game. We decided that we would only free range the chickens when we would be there until they were ready to roost. Which makes me feel like we are putting them in prison Only we (my husband and I) neglected to explain this well to the children. My kids let the chickens out one morning before they hopped the bus to school, and there is no rounding them up once they are out! When we came home there were 2 more missing including my handsome roo, Junior. We sat the kids down and explained why we were keeping them locked up, and they have been safe since. Yesterday my husband came home from work early and heard barking and panicked chickens. He went outside to find the neighbors dogs trying to dig their way into the run. He hollered at the dogs, who he swears looked at him, smiled, and went back to digging. This annoyed my husband more than anything else. He went and got his gun and fired a couple of shots into the air. The dogs didn't even take notice. His next shot he aimed at the ground near the dogs and he accidentally hit one. They high tailed it back home, and we havent' seen them or any fresh digging. I don't want to start a feud with our neighbors. We've only lived here a year compared to their 20 something. I am proud of my husband for defending my girls, but I don't want hard feeling between us and the neighbors!