A real newbie here. I had chickens many years ago, but only for a few months, before I sold them. So this website is a real treasure trove of information. I'll be reading the old stuff for weeks. My question is this. I got 18 day old chicks yesterday. (4 RIR, 4 Barred Rock, and 10 Amerucanas) I have a sweet young dog, and she's extremely curious about the biddies. Right now, my brooder is my bathtub. Are there any health concerns with allowing the dog to sit in the tub with the babies and let them at her? I put her in there while watching her very closely, and she sniffed everyone's butt, and then lay there watching them, fascinated. They were all comfortable with her there. They walked right up to her,and pecked her toenails, and rabies tag. She was cool with it. I'd like for her to accept them as part of her pack, so hopefully she won't want to chase them (much) once I have them out free-ranging in the yard. As long as she's not being aggresive, and I never leave them alone together, am I okay? Also, I have no cover over the tub. How many days do I have before they're flying out? If the temps are above 60 degrees at night, how soon can I move them outside?