Hi, everyone! I am preparing to enter my second go 'round of Chicken raising as I am down to none right now but will start over once the weather is nicer. I have a severe predator problem in my neck of the woods. I have determined through trial and error that my best bet is to have a dog roaming around the yard (which is not fenced in) at all times. I have a lab who stays outside during the day but he comes in at night and goes with us if we are gone over night. I am planning to get a new dog to be the farm yard guardian since the sheer presence of a dog will repel almost all predators. Has anyone had luck with any specific breed not bothering chickens? My lab is fine around them but I know all labs are not. I'm inclined to think it just depends on the specific dog and their level of training. I feel like some dogs are going to kill chickens no matter what their training. I don't want to end up getting a dog and then having to try to get rid of it when it starts killing the chickens. Penning the dog up is not an option because I don't want to worry that if the dog happens to get out that he will head straight to the chicken coop to massacre the chickens. I would rather just have a dog that I don't have to worry about with them. I was thinking about getting a puppy and raising it with the birds but I also considered getting an older dog in hopes it would be too lazy to feel like chasing birds around. I will be free ranging the birds when I am home. When the guineas get to be about 4 months or so, they will start roosting out in the trees and will pretty much be self-reliant. Sorry this is so long, I will also post in the poultry forum. Thanks in advance for any help!