As a novice on the Back Yard Chickens forum, I'd like to pick the brains of more experienced people and share some of my own experiences. I've been raising chickens off and on for decades, and in the last several years, I've been breeding toward more predator resistant birds. Here in Central Florida, we have raccoons, opossums, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, snakes, various birds of prey and probably the most devastating predators of all - loose dogs. Thus far, I've achieved some success with hybridizing red jungle fowl with domestic laying and dual purpose breeds. I've discovered that using silver spangled hamburgs, brown leghorns, and speckled sussex hens mated to rjf cocks produce birds quite capable of evading just about everything. When I breed back to the hens in the f2 generation, achieving birds that are one-quarter rjf, I have somewhat greater losses, but better egg production. In the f3 generation, the wild element seems too diluted. Egg production is excellent, but predation starts to hit pretty hard again. By starting with literally dozens of breeds of egg layers and dual purpose chickens, I've found the best performance from silver spangled hamburgs, brown leghorns and strangely enough, the speckled sussex. Speckled sussex in my experience have an uncanny ability to make themselves scarce when there is danger, even though their flight skills aren't very good. I'd be grateful to anyone who can advise me about their own experiences, particularly in regard to laying breeds that have proven abilities to evade predators. I've also developed an interest in breeding long crowers and hopefully, one day, some laughing chickens in this hemisphere. Thanks for any help you can lend.