Our neighbor to the south has been friends with DH's family since the 1970s. There's alot of history there, but good history. She was first on the scene when DH's father had a fatal heart attack, she helped care for DH's mother ill, etc. Always been there for the family, so I don't want to make waves. This lady, now in her 70s, has two small beagle mix dogs. She also has commercial chicken houses and these dogs are very much used to being around chickens. Last week I was out in a field checking on my chickens and I noticed that the chickens were giving a spot in the tall grass a wide berth. That's when I noticed one of her dogs just laying there. I had never seen her dogs before, so at the time I didn't know who the dog belonged to. Afraid for my chickens, I scooped the dog up (very friendly) and brought it up to the house. DH called around and found out it belonged to this lady. She immediately came and got it. That's when she explained to me about it being used to chickens. Obviously since she has commercial houses, her dogs have been trained that messing with chickens is a big no-no. Two times since then both that dog and her other one have been up here, not bothering the chickens, just passing through. When we spot them and holler at em, they hightail it home. I'm concerned about the dogs, but again don't want to make waves if they aren't going to bother the chickens. We live in the county, with no leash laws. My question - I have a couple of silkies and a couple of polish. Neither breed looks anything like a cornish X (commercial bird). Can the dogs still tell they are chickens?