Welcome to the forum, and well done for doing your research. I think Robke sums it up nicely, but I will try and address your points.
I think huskies are beautiful, my husband and kids (6&9yrs) all want a husky. I'm a little hesitant for a few reasons so I'm asking you the experienced ones to give me the honest scoop on the breed.
Thanks for asking the questions
I had a German Shepherd from 8wks to 14 when she passed. That dog was awesome on every level. It's been a few years and we're ready for a new family dog. I like bigger dogs for the home security and protection factors they lend to by appearance and nature. We live on 3 acres away from busy roads in a rural community. our daughters like to roam the property, go play at the creek etc and I would feel more comfortable knowing they have a dog with them. We have normal NW wildlife around like coyotes and Cougars.
Wow, sounds like a lovely place to live
I'm a stay at home mom and the dog would only be alone the random few hours here and there on shopping days etc.. I want a dog who can be left outside for a few hours and not run off or throw a fit.
A husky will want to explore and may decide that it is too much fun to come back every time
I want a dog I can if weather is bad leave in my home for a few hours and not come back to find it chewed to shreds.
This is entirely possible, my boy never destroys stuff, but some do out of boredom
I want a dog that will be protective but not attack anyone who comes up our road.
Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, a husky is much more likely to greet the intruder with happy smiles and desire to play
One that is easy to train the basics.
Huskies are very very smart, so it is easy to teach the basics, but getting them to comply when they don't want to is another matter. So some would say they are definitely not an easy dog to train.
My biggest concerns with a husky is I have heard because of their sled dog nature they are runners and are basically impossible to keep home, is this true?
You are right to be concerned about this. Some are escape artists and other aren't
Our property is not fenced, I could do an overhead line or chain link kennel as a pup but ideally I'd like the dog to be able to be let out during the day to roam free and know it will stay close to home. Is this possible with a husky as I had with my GSD?
Without fences you would need to create a secure run for the dog or you will most likely lose your husky in a short period of time I see this as a big issue.
I've also heard Husky's are notorious chicken eaters. Is this unavoidable? Our nearest neighbors have free range chickens, I don't want to be at war with my neighbors because our dog eats their chickens. Is this something that only occurs once they get the taste and usually won't occur? Also we have cats, I assume like most any breed of raised around them they're fine. May chase and "play" but won't hurt.
My boy would be dining out on fresh chickens or small animals if he could get to them. Some people do keep Huskies and cats together, but I don't have experience with this and I wouldn't personally risk it.
Thanks ahead of time for your input and knowledge!
Thank you again for doing your research. I would think that there are many other beautiful breeds that would suit your lifestyle better and cause less stress.