I have been reading and reading and reading this message board trying to gather as much information as possible. We are in the process of designing our coop and run and won't be getting our chicks until sometime next spring or there-abouts. I'm worried about our dogs, a 10 year old male Chihuahua and a 1 year old female Chihuahua. She is very docile and I don't think will pose too much of a problem but he chases and barks at anything that moves. His favorite thing to do is hunt lizards, chase squirrels and rid the yard of birds. He runs and barks and has a grand time. When we first brought the puppy home (she was the size of one of those single size cereal boxes and weighed exactly 1 pound) he tried to eat her. I'm not sure if he mistook her for another squeeky toy or if he really wanted to eat her alive. It took about a month for him to completely accept her. They are both HIGHLY intelligent and I've been wondering if I should go get some very small, very fluffy squeek toys and not allow the dogs to play with them (they get beside themselves when I bring new toys home for them to play with) but to allow me to hold the toys, squeek them occassionally and teach the dogs to respect "the small furry things". I don't want the dogs or chicks being all stressed out when the time comes. Has anybody else gone through something similar? Any other suggestions?