Hello from Arkansas. I've had chickens for several years now, the flock ranges from as little as 4 to sometimes 20. I HAD 14 chicks till last night when the dog broke into the pen and killed everyone one of them. If he had been a stray I would have ended his life there. But he is the wifes dog so I just had to secure the coop better. MY hens hatched them so I'm sure they can do it again.