Hello, I am new to this forum and have really been enjoying this site...too much actually...I'm already addicted and we don't have chickens yet! Anyway, for all those that have Aussies (or not), I was wondering what you had to do to train them to be safe around the chickens and perhaps protect them. We have 3 young aussies and want to start a small chicken flock this spring. There are a pair of resident hawks on and near our property, so a secure coop with a run will be built for sure, but I want to maybe free range under supervision...is this even a reasonable thought?? I was hoping that the dogs may be of some help there...will they help prevent a hawk attack or just other predators? Anything you can share about aussies and chicken protection would be helpful! Thanks!