even if you dont have any dogs of your own, secure your coop and run and after that run an electric fence around the perimeter. Yesterday all but 1 of my chickens were killed by 2 of the neighbors dogs that were allowed to roam the neighborhood. my whole acre lot is chain link fenced, they still came in, went around the house, back to the coop and annihilated my birds, tore through the run and went into the coop. my aracuana pullet who ducked into the woods and was wondering the yard unscathed when I got home from work. I still have 1 buff orphington unaccounted for. I'm assuming it was a dog who did this because when i was leaving for work my GF's daughters BF said he was out looking at the chickens in the run and a dog came wondering into our yard, he says it left when he told it to go. Apparently it came back because leter this afternoon i asked my GF to go check on the chickens and she got out to the coop and freaked out. She said "something is by the door to the run....dead chicken and feathers everywhere, the fencing to the run is torn down too" then she opened the door to the coop and all but two of the birds were laying inside dead. I cant quite express in words how I felt when she told me this on the phone, I was flipping out, all the time and feed and work to get them to where they were, let alone they were like pets. i had a really cool crevacouer roo and aracuana roo who both just started crowing last week. the hens were about ready to start laying and now I have to start all over again So i dont know for sure who did the killing but any more dogs wandering into my yard will not be wandering back out. I dont know why people who live in the country just think that because they live away from town they can just let their dogs roam free onto everyone else's property. I just placed an order for about 15 more chicks....I cant believe I have to start all over again..ughhhhhhh! on a positive note...heres what happened today... I found the last missing chicken, sort of...first of all I walked out my front door this morning and guess who i see at my front gate, yep the dog...err dogs actually. there were 2 of them, pretty much puppies, maybe 7-8 months old. I let my pitbull out and she ran up to the fence, didnt even bark, she wanted to play with them instead. So I say a few choice words to them and chase them off, they didnt go far, just to my next door neighbors gate and tried to get in her yard. So I yell over to the neighbor and ask if she knows who owns the dogs and tell her about the lil *##@$% killing my chickens. She says the same dogs keep trying to get in her yard too and she thinks she knows who owns them, a guy a few houses down. She says, dont bother trying to call animal control, they wont come out anyway. so later my neighbor from across the street calls me and says "I have info on your missing chicken, the guy who owns the dogs stopped and asked me if I know who owns chickens (apparently the dogs took one home as a souvenir) and I told him that you do and you were really upset about the dogs killing them, he said tell you he is sooooo sorry and come talk to him and he will replace them for you" I wont have time to stop over till next week so I told my fiancee to go over tomorrow and tell him we just ordered chicks and they are $50. I also told her she needs to stress to him the fact that if they come back in the yard they may never come back home and even if it's not my yard. it may be someone else so he needs to keep his dogs contained on his own property and not let them just run loose anywhere they want.