15 newly hatched chicks are supposed to arrive tomorrow. I've got a brooder set up at workbench height all ready to go in the garage. I have two Aussies that I want to safely introduce to the chicks slowly right from the beginning. I've got a huge 2.5' x 4' dog kennel in my den that isn't used much and, an extra brooder light. What do you think about bringing a few of the chicks inside for a few minutes or an hour or two here and there while they're still only a few days old, putting them in a box inside the closed kennel (the kennel is one of those metal ones that you can see right into from all sides). That way, they'd be at ground level and the dogs and chicks could safely be close to each other but the chicks would be safely enclosed in the kennel. I'd be right there in the same room, would not allow any barking or such, and if any creatures seemed too stressed I'd just bring the chicks back to the garage brooder. Is it gross to have the chickens in the house (contained in a box within a kennel) for brief periods if they're only a few days old? Will my whole house smell like a farm if I only have them in a box inside for an hour or so every day for several days in a row? Does it send a wrong message to my larger dog whose kennel the chicks would be temporarily using?