And yes, I am refering to the Canis lupus. I bought 3 hens and one rooster some weeks ago. I left them to wonder around, and I would let them in every evening. In fact they would pretend so much to come back every evening that they would come back, I wanted or not. They used all sort of holes in the net of the courtyard to enter. Since they were making a mess of chickenn poo in the floor I started to organised for them a place outside where they should sleep. No luck so far. They seem always to be able to escape, better than Houdini. Truth to be told I only have 3 sides covered by a net, a wall and a wodden wall. The fourth has a small cliff. They can't go out from there, right? Wrong, of course. But this is not the problem. The problem is with the dogs. Because my property is not fenced. I part I like it like this, in part it would be very costly to add it. And in part a street is going through it which would then force the net to be much much longer. Also I am not sure if it would be such a great idea. After all don't fence stop wild animals? Arent't we trying to integrate with nature? AT least I am. Now in this context suddenly my first rooster disappeared. It happened between 8.30 and 9 in the morning. In the field in front of the house. In other words on my property. Remainings of blood and feathers on the floor. The body was never to be found. The local experd concluded that the fox must have taken it. Although the time was a bit late, and previously I was told the fox only goes much further down the valley. One week later it was the turn of one of the hens. And this time a friend of mine who looks after the house when I am not here told me he saw one of the dog with a chicken in its mouth. Hmmm :evil: . Somehow I was ok with the fox. I am not so ok with the dogs. I started asking who do those dogs belong, and I was told that they are no one. Somehow they are the village dog. Everybody feeding them, no one taking responsability over them. Today I came back home to find the dogs (2) in my courtyard, eating some of the cat food. I let you imagine the scene that followed: :axe: I have to admit I am at a loss about what to do. They dogs are still alive. I can't ask someone to take care of them because they belong to no one (beside I don't speak portuguese, so any request is a problem). Also I don't want to ruin my relations with the neighbors. On the other side I don't think I can ask the government to take them (would they? after all they are wild dogs, but I am not sure of Portugal laws) because they belong to the village, and everybody would be quite pissed off. Also I am myself not in clear ground, my hens are roaming free. So far they have gone nearly only on my territory. But I have seen them one time in a neighboring field. If someone is pissed off with me, the hens might not be seen anymore as the cute pet of the crazy weird italian who came to live with us. And on the side of all this there seem to be also an issue of face. Dealing with this might set up how the neighbors consider me. Do I let my hen be eaten by the local dogs or do I react. BTW, the chickens costed 6 euro each (4 for 20 euro), and so far have not given me a single egg. Any suggestion, idea, memory of similar problem would be welcome. Also I remember in indonesian vilages, that hens are allowed to roam everywhere so much that you need to pay attention with the car on the dirt road. So probably it might be possible to educate the dog.