I have 5 hens and a Rooster who range and I fully understand the risk. Rural middle Tennessee is alive with predators and I know what can happen. We have had the birds for 3 seasons now starting with 2 girls and a guy and now we have 5 ladies and they have been very manageable. 2 days ago a stray dog got a hold of Cowboy and beat him up pretty bad. It appears no internal damage and I have found only 2 puncture wounds which I have treated with antiseptic. All of the birds have been restricted to the coop (the girls made it to the woods during the attack and hide. I was able to rescue him but only after he had been dragged across the road to the neighbors yard I was able to follow the trail of feathers and he was still underattack when I managed to get him in hand and took him home. He is eating and drinking and seems to be emotionally getting better. He's in with his girls but isn't ready to lead again. He has been such a champion protecting and warning of any danger. I have seen him ward off a Hawk attack making himself the decoy I was able to get in front of the Hawk and Cowboy was safe. He and the girls hunkered down the rest of the day but he is a grand Rooster. We are very rural and for reasons that are obvious people have been dropping off stray dogs and its really been problematic in that my neighbor allows the dogs to hangout with his. I have talked to him about this because if the stray is a bird chaser (this is what happened to Cowboy) his dogs will become bird killers and leave me no choice. His dogs have never shown interest in my birds until now. The stray dog that got hold of Cowboy is no more, that was expedited as soon as I had my birds safely back inside and Cowboy tended to. I have to decide now do I keep the birds locked up. They only know that when dark is approaching and they march themselves to the coop and I close them in. Come morning they only know its time to hit the range and line up to go out. They cry when I don't open fast enough. Build a large run? I cant afford to really I may have to I have to make a decision I hoped could be avoided. I never thought I could become so very attached to a silly Chicken.