Hi Everyone! I am new to BYC and to the whole idea of raising chickens. We just moved and now have 21 acres and would really like to have come chicks. Little background: We have a terrible tick problem here! This is what brought on the whole idea of having chickens (not to mention all the other +'s!) Every day we pull at least 5-10 ticks off each dog. We have heard several times that the chickens will help take care of that problem. For that reason, I would really like to have them free range. But I have a few concerns with that. One being that I don't want them down by the road. Our house sits about 500 feet from the road, but it is pretty busy anyway. Is there anyway I can teach/train the chickens to stay up by the house? Second, I have 2 large dogs. 1 GSD, collie mix and 1 GSD rott mix. Both well behaved but do love to chase squirrels & deer. I plan on teaching them to "love the babies" which shouldn't be a problem but how can I keep them from eating all the poop?! Dumb question I know, dogs love poop. But if I only have 6 chicks roaming 2-3 acres, will it be enough poop to make the dogs sick? We may end up having to go with a fenced in area for the chickens but if anyone has any advice/knowledge it would be greatly appreciated! We will be getting them in the Spring so I have all Winter to come up with a game plan! Thanks everyone!!!