Just what it says. In more clear terms- do your dogs rotect your chickens and keep pests out, or do you need to keep them away from you birds, far away? Or do they just not care? My last two Shepherds didn't care about the chickens much, but kept coons and such away. Following them, my youngest one (at about 8 months or a year old) attacked and killed about six birds (of a small free ranging flock of maybe sixteen). After that, we tied her up for a day with the bodies around her and left her alone, then kept her away from the birds for six months to a year or so. Now, older and knowing better, she loves the chickens. She keeps rats out of the coop and she keeps ravens and racoons out of the yard. She'll even chase ravens as they fly. She likes to see the chickens, but always wags her tail to them, and only barks at them if they eat her food from her bowl. Although she wants to, she won't take their bread if I give them scraps. She also loves chicks, and is both protective of them and super interested. She watches but won't touch unless I hold them out to her, and then she gives the most positive ears-forward tail-wagging interested look and gentle sniffs, maybe a lick. Here's a video of her and some, to give an idea. Now, storytime? And opinions?