Hello! We are awaiting the arrival of our new additions, 3 buff orpington chicks and for those of your who have successfully introduced the family dog to your chickens how have you done it and at what age (age of the chickens)? A little more info; Our dog is a 6 year old female yellow lab, she is not a trained bird dog which I am thankful for now that we are adding the chickens to our family. As far as I know she has never attacked an/or caught/retrieved a bird. BUT we have a huge problem with ferral cats so she is a "cat" dog- her main goal in life is to keep cats off our property, she literally spends hours laying in the yard watching for cats or wandering the property in search of renegade cats. She does not chase the family cat and she excellent with children and other dogs including small ones that resemble cats. My hope is that eventually when the chickens are full grown that we could let the chickens have some supervised free range time and that with the dog roaming the property the ferral cats and other predators would be less likely to attack the chickens. I don't worry about our own cat attacking the chickens because he is too lazy to hunt for food. Anyhow.... any tips that have worked for others would be fantastic!! Thanks in advance!