Hi, I have been reading a lot of posts where chickens have been killed by family pets. Have any of you ever introduced your chickens to your dogs or cats when you get them? I mean, take a chicken and either bring it to the dog (I'm going to use dog for an example) or have the dog come to the chicken. Let the dog in the chicken pen to check out the smells. Most times if you do this you won't have a problem. You can have an aggressive dog and still teach it to tolerate a chicken. If they understand they are part of the family they will leave it alone. I let my dogs sniff, lick and push a baby chick around so they understand it's not theirs to eat. I have 3 dogs and not one of them has ever harmed a chicken. The chickens walk around my dogs as if they are a tree. I've also seen the dogs chickens and ducks sit together under the deck. Once in a while I will have 2 of the dogs chase a chicken but that's all they will do. I still watch carefully and will call the dog if need be. They are of course animals. If you are constantly telling your pet NOT to go near the chicken that just makes it more interesting to them and will go for the kill when you are not looking. It's like telling a child not to push that button. If you have a chance let your dog inspect a chicken but just be sure you can snatch the bird up if the dog tries to attack it. It's worth a try and you may save your chickens and piece of mind.