This is our first time raising chicks and the six are growing so fast. We are constantly working with our dog - if I am not at the run he completely ignores them. It is only if I am out there that he even pays them any attention now. I'm pretty sure they will never be able to free range the yard. He is just too "excited" around them, but we are working at it. That said we think that Molly may be Melvin and she/he is the one chose by my youngest grandson to name and call his own. He is also the grandchild that has fallen in love with the chicks and he helps me let them out each morning from the coop and put them back in each evening. He loves to come over and just watch and play with them - so we made a trip back over the the farm and purchased a second barred rock that looks pretty much the same - this way if we have to make the switch a few weeks down the road, we hope to convince him that his Molly is still with us. We also bought a Cochin chick while we were there, so our flock of six has turned into 8. They all seem to be thriving and growing. We'd done a bit of research before getting the chicks, but since bringing them home I have learned quite a bit that I didn't know before coming to this site. There is so much more to this than what I remember from my grandmother's raising chicks when I was a girl.