Well, I put the chicks out in the coop today for the first time. We have a 25'diameter pen with 4' high chicken wire sides. I had just gone back out to check on the chicks. My dogs ran out with me. My Sheltie got to the pen first and found one of the buff Orpingtons outside the pen. I am assuming it flew out. By the time I reached them, the dog had pretty much mangled the chick. She died moments later. I am heart broken and feel guilty. Was it too early to put them out? Can you clip the wings of month old chicks? Right now the rmaining nine are in the coop with some food and water. My husband said it's part of the realities of farm life and I need to grow a thicker skin. I suppose, but I LOVE critters and am a big ol' softie when it comes to them. My sheltie was scolded and she looks repentant. I know she was just doing what comes naturally to dogs. Any suggestions on preventing a repeat of this sad event?