Hey all so I have 22 chicks. They're 3 weeks old and then there is also 2 border collies whom are 11 months old. I live on a ranch so the dogs are/will be cow dogs. The dogs are actually my inlaws (we live in same yard) so I only have so much say/control over the dogs. (Even though one is practically mine since my mother in law isn't physically capable of taking care of her!) So the problem: my inlaws have a little different ideas when it comes to training. These dogs know what stay, sit, come mean but only do it when it's convenient for them or when they're yelled at and they know they've been bad. Part of this is because the whole yard is surrounded by cows (We are calving right now) so they pretty much have to be tied up or confined otherwise they'll get too close to The cow and calf pair. It's hard to train or work with the dogs now since they're just soooo excited when you take them for walks (or I take them to a fenced a rea) and be free that they can hardly contain their excitement let alone obey. :s So my question: does anyone have any suggestions on how to get the dog used to the chickens, and not want to kill them?! When they are with cows one dog watches and watches and then jumps once the cow has come close. The others dog is just cow crazy!! I'm afraid they'll just attack the chicks at once. I did take one in on a leash to watch the chicks and she watched and watched and then went to jump. Is it better to give them exposure now (chicks are 3 weeks) or wait til the chickens are older and bigger? Thanks!!!