We live in the country and today's my day off so my flock gets to free range. I have noticed a stray dog for weeks up by the road about a acre away from my coop. We yell "get" and it runs away, well today I let the my flock out and was drinking my coffee walking around doing head count and that stray was creeping up on my birds by the fence by their coop! First I am a animal lover,and a vegitarian. However my flocks in danger. I have a shotgun (for skunks opossums and shuch) but never entertained though of shooting a dog. Should I continue to yell "get" and shoot in air or should I shoot the dog ? Please tell me what you would do because this is a moral delema for me. Part of me says shoot in air and pray it doesent come back and hubby and another part of me says shoot the creeper to save my flock. Something ate half the face & neck off one of my hens a couple weeks ago right in her coop when door was open for free ranging. It could of been the creeper! Either was I'm locked and loaded and on the lookout. p.s. I own a blue peacock that freeranges with my flock.