I've lost 3 hens and 3 chicks this year already. I told everyone we need a big dog again so I set out to find one, ended up getting a puppy 3 mos old... HOW did he become an indoor dog!??? He can't protect my chickens on the couch I love him, sweet as can be but if he never would have come in the house he wouldn't have issues with being left outdoors. He's frightened of everything anyway so I don't think he would help much even once he gets older. I can't find one of my BR hens so I only have 15 layers left if she doesn't show up. I NEVER had hawk problems like this when I had our old dog around, there were three diving this morning. Coons are braver than ever, lost a gold comet pullet and a brown leghorn cockerel and pullet. Foxes are dragging off hens, I need a gun or a dog that will do it's JOB! I can't be here 24/7, but a dog can makes the most sense as long as I can trust it. I'm done ranting, no one around here understands but my sister, everyone else thinks we're crazy for putting a puppy outside.