I just lost the 6th of my 7 chicks that my broody hatched out. The first day we lost 4, then 1 two days later and just lost the last one 10 minutes ago. I have had no idea what was getting them or what was happening, but I was just looking out my kitchen window and saw my 1 year old sheltie with something black in her mouth in my backyard, I ran outside as she took off. I went and searched the coop and run and there was only 1 chick left. I went back into the backyard and found a few little feathers laying there. My dog has killed all but 1 of my babies, I am so devastated, not only have I lost my sweet baby chicks, but now I think I have to get rid of my dog. She is the best dog, so loveable and fun. My kids just love her. My poor DD is just bawling at the thought of getting rid of her. What do I do?? Once a chicken killer always a chicken killer?? or can they be retrained??? No, I did not leave the dog outside with the chicks. I am not that dumb!! The chicks were in the coop and run area with their momma hen. I do keep them seperate unless I am out there, and even then it is only my older hens & roo that I let out of the coop to free-range. Somehow, and I still have not figured out how, the chicks got out of the run (DH and I are going to redo the run, because there is obviously a breach somewhere) and while my dog was outside she got them. It wasn't until last night when I saw her with one in her mouth that I even knew it was her that was getting them. We lost 4 one day, 1 another day and then the last one last night. These are my babies, they mean the world to me, I am so completely devastated that they were killed and I would do anything to have them back. This is the 5th set of chicks I have had and have never had a problem. My chickens (which I have 54 of now)are in a coop and a large run, and I only let them out to freerange when I am out there.