Hello- We currently live in town with a fairly large yard. We are looking to move to a new home on 2 acres in the next few months. Over the years we have managed to acquire 4 dogs and 2 cats. I'm not worried about the cats, but I am going to list my dogs from the oldest to youngest. 10 year old- German Shepard- Very gentle, I don't think he will be an issue. 7 year old- West Highland White Terrier- Very aggressive mouser- I have no idea how she will react to birds. 5 year old- Black Lab- Has never been aggressive, but he is from a bird breed. 2 year old- Mutt- (18 lbs) He could be an issue, still very much a puppy but very smart and trainable. Here is the dilemma- My dogs are great with my cats and my children. No aggression, dominance or herding issues. I think that once they recognized the chickens as being a part of "their" pack, they would just leave them alone. We are planning on running underground fence along the perimeter of our property. We could easily restrict the dogs to only part of it, but that would reduce their ability to defend the flock from other threats, and it does not guarantee that the flock will not encroach on the "dog" yard. I want free range birds, and I am looking at the Wyandotte's for cold endurance, size, temperament, and eggs. I want to eventually expand and get some pea foul. I NEED my dogs to be bird friendly. We will be getting our chicks in about 3 months. How do I go about doing this? This is my planned approach- as of right now: Build my brooding box in a "common area" (like the garage) where my dogs and cats can check them out but make it Fort Knox. Introduce my dogs one at a time to the whole flock by bringing them into the box with me and making them lay down for an extended period of time. Let the chicks walk on and explore the dogs and not let the dogs react. Do this every day until the chicks can go outside and then repeat it in a small outdoor pen. When I can trust them (relatively speaking) then I will try 2 dogs at once and continue until I can have all four dogs with the chickens. My concern it the pack mentality and how they loose any sense when they chase something as a pack. They will chase one of my cats but not the other in my back yard, they soon get bored and move on to something else. Any tips, suggestions, stories? Thanks!