I am new to the whole chicken thing. I have never been much of a bird person. I have three dogs, small bull mastiff, 7, George; Lab-Whippet mix, 1, Sugar; and a red heeler, 7 months, Koda. On May 14, 2011 I picked up 14 chicks. (3 Ameracauna, 2 polish, 3 buff orpington, 2 bard rock, 2 rhode island red, 2 golden sex link) On May 15, 2011 my husband came home from an 800 mile trip with a chicken (Petunia*) and a small rooster (Little Joe). Sometime in June Joe started laying the cutest little eggs. We quickly realized that Joe was a Jo. The chicks lived in my living room, on the floor, in a cardboard box until May 24th when they were moved to the coop. My dogs never did more than turn their head and look confused the entire time they were in the house. Sugar has chased them around the yard a few times because they ran. The ones that stayed still didn't interest her. She stops chasing them when I call her. Koda is scared of teh chickens and runs away from them when they come towards her. George has never been interested in the chickens before this week. Thursday I came home very late and found him in the front yard along with 9 dead chicks. (I have a feeling my landlord "accidentally" let him out of the house/back yard.) Today when I got home he had dug under the fence and was in the front yard. I found Petunia, one polish, and a red in the coop. My husband found Jo and one red in the yard. The other two chicks are unaccounted for. (I think I heard them under the very dense lilac bushes.) I free range the girls during the day. Is there anything I can do to keep my dog from doing this again? For now George is not being allowed outside unless on a leash and the girls are not going to be allowed out of the enclosed coop area. As sad as I am that I've lost so many chicks, I'm just glad he didn't get Petunia. My husband is very upset over Jo, she was his favorite. I'm going to miss having 14 chicks and two hens come running across the yard when I went outside. *I have no idea why I named her Petunia, the family my husband git her from just called her chicken.