. . . Frontyard Doghaters. I know this is a sore subject for alot of people, including me. I also know more than a few people here dont like me because of my opinion on the subject. Thats fine, because I know that I must be some kind of a genius or maybe even divine. I'll tell you why: I can keep my three chickens in an enclosure in my backyard with THREE(3) DOGS. And these dogs would like nothing better than to kill my three hens. I knew this before I got the chickens. My dogs, a jack russell terrier and two large cattledog/labs, are proven killers with many confirmed kills. My JR will kill any little animal it comes across, doesnt matter what it is. And my female mutt swims after and catches ducks all the time. The third is just a pup with no kills yet, but I know he wants my chickens. My want of chickens was greater than my fear of the dogs. But you know what, I took the dogs into consideration when I built my coop. I made it stong then stronger still so I wouldnt have to worry. My dogs are in the backyard with the coop all day every day, when theyre not out with me. Just like a prisoner, they sit there and come up with new ways to try and get the chickens. I see all the spots on the coop where they try to get in. They havent got in yet. I just made sure that if I was going to have a pet that I had to keep in the yard, it would be safe. If you are worried about a dog getting into your coop, then you need to make some improvements in your security. If a dog can get in, then for dam sure a racoon or such can get in. then what? Are you going to sue mother nature? Are you going to get a gun and shoot every racoon or such that you see just so you know you got the right one. Might as well move to the inner most part of the largest city around, oh wait- there are predators there and you cant keep chickens there. If you want to live in the country, then get used to country life, I say. Its up to you to protect you chickens. That doesnt mean shooting every animal that comes onto your property, and there are laws against that. And I was under the impression that livestock was animals used in an way that your living depends on it. I can see shootig a dog that kills your flock of 400 layers or 500 roasters, or even an expensive show flock, but shooting someone elses pet for chewing up a few 3$ chickens, gimmie a break. Everyone on this forum has probably killed more chicks and chickens than any dog they know of. I know that I started off with about 15 chickens before I got my three and my GFs three, and what happened to the rest? THEY DIED. Do you want to shoot me? And one last thought for those who say they love their chickens and give them personalities and stuff like that- If a chicken has a personality, How do you think you make it feel by DISTURBING its nest EVERY MORNING to STEAL all its EGGS, which the chicken LOVES as HER BABIES.