I've been free ranging for about a year now, and the only issues I've had are from neighbor's dogs. I love free ranging my birds, but I'm done having these dogs come out and go on killy sprees in my yard. My BF suggests that if we wait until later morning to let them out we would solve most of our issues as all of these attacks have happened early. My problem with that is that obviously I can't trust that nothing else is going to happen the rest of the day. My dilemma is that the area I would fence off as a run is filled with trees so I can't do anything covered. I have guineas and plan on turkeys, so keeping them in will be impossible without. My plan so far is get 50ft of 5' high hardware cloth, which will be enough to fence off a large corner of yard, but I worry that it wont be enough to keep any dogs out and therefore be a waste of time and money. My other option would be 6' chain link, but I doubt I'll be able to afford that any time soon. On the other hand, the 5' hardware cloth will be at least some protection that I can afford to put in, it will keep the birds from hanging out and pooping on the porch and I can then let my dogs roam the yard without giving them the chance to chase the chickens, and even get the rabbits out there to enjoy being on dirt and grass. Also would 200sq feet or so of run give 5-10 chickens space enough to keep them from flying over the fence? Is there anything else I'm missing that might help? I'm tempted to bring my dogs closer and leave them out, but these dogs got in the pen with ours and just tore them up. The sherriff has been contacted and has had multiple reports against these dogs, and I'm sure have done all they can legally at this point at least until more happens. Luckly it's very sporadic, and these people know we will shoot any dog of theirs on our property (we shot 2 already as they were trying to tear into the rabbit hutch, the one we didn't get is the one that continues to come back). I'm kind of stuck on what I want to do.