Funny you are all talking about roosters, I had a moment yesterday where I was seriously wondering if one of my hens was actually a he. I think the Rhode Island reds have just started laying again this week, and I came home from a ride to hear a holy racket in the coop. One of the Reds was in a nesting box chattering up a storm, and the other was trying to push her out, while making a really strange call I haven't heard before. It was sort of a bock....bock....bababoooookkk kind of noise, and to me sounded like what I imagine a crowing rooster sounds like. Now, I have no experience with roosters, so I'm not sure what to think, and yesterday was the only time I'd heard it.
Today when I went to let them out of the coop, there was again one Red in the nesting box, but sitting on two eggs. So, I don't know who else laid this morning. But, there was no more strange talking this morning.
As far as the evil dog-blegh, husband chased it away from sniffing around the pen the other day. Everyone was unharmed, but I'm so sick of worrying about it!