Hi there, I hope the predator forum is the correct place to post this. I think so, because my dogs are likely the biggest threat of any other predator to my little baby chicks. So, I have two dogs, both from the shelter. A german shep mix and mini-aussie mix (we think) and I am trying to find the best way to teach them that the chicks are not food. First off, I want to disclose that I would never leave them unsupervised. Even when they're old enough to be in their coop and run, it will be difficult for me to trust my dogs to be out in our fenced yard without trying to dig under the run to get to the chickens-but that's a different issue of coop-building, for another forum. I have started holding one of the chicks and touching it to my mini-aussie mix. I hold her mouth closed (don't want any biting) and say "good girl" and "leave it" if she gets too close. Recently, I placed a chick on her back while she was laying down and she just let it nuzzle up to her warm belly and left it alone. Interestingly, my other dog came up while this was happening and she growled at him, gnashed her teeth, and lunged toward him. I think she was being protective. My question for you: do you think she was being food aggressive (thinking she was protecting her food) or possibly a bit "motherly?" Thanks for any/all advice and opinions!