Last Wed. we woke up to the horrible burning nose smell of a skunk. Our dogs reeked of it too. I found a dead skunk in the yard. Burned it. Thurs. night we woke up to THAT smell!!! 2 more dead skunks in the yard. Thank goodness for the dogs or they may have found a way into the coop. Two days this week I have walked out to see a hawk sitting on the corner of the coop stalking the chickens. Luckily it is made of 1/4 inch hardware cloth and a metal roof so the hawk can't get in. Last month our dog killed an armadillo. My chickens can't free range because not only the predators will eat them but so will the dogs. Sigh! But I would rather have them safe and sound than risk a skunk, dog or hawk attack. Just wish they could get out and run free.