We have started our new adventure of raising chickens. Lots of work to do - build the coop, design the yard, learn a lot... We bought 4 chicks (now about 10 days old) and placed them in a makeshift brooder that I build out of an old dog crate. They are comfortable and warm. We have two dogs: A 56 lb american pitbull and 20 lb terrier. Both are well socialized with people, other dogs and even a cat in our neighboorhood. Both have exhibited an instinct to chase birds and squirrels in our yard. Both are house dogs. So... My goal is to get the dogs and chicks to get use to each other so that 1) the dogs don't chase and hunt them and 2) the chickens are comfortable with the dogs roaming around the yard. I'd like to get some opinions on my plan and any suggestions. Here is my progressive steps: NOTE: All activity will be supervised with me in sight. Week 1 - Hold the chicks one by one in my hand while the dogs get close to smell them Week 2-4 - Put the chicks down on a table or floor where the dog can get close enough to sniff (This is the stage we are at now) Week 5 - Have outside yard play time without the dogs Week 6-8 - Dogs roaming in the yard with the chicks Week 9 - Move pullets into the coop with freedom in the enclosed coop run and dogs outside the coop run (let the pullets get use to their new home) Week 10 - Allow pullets to roam around the yard in and out of the coop with the dogs roaming around Our smaller dog already lunged at one of the chicks during Week 1 at which point I promptly snapped her and watched her walk away. She (small dog) is now able to be around the chicks without lunging - probably afraid I'll correct her again. Large dog has not lunged at all and seems way too curious. So, any suggestions? Is this a good plan?