I find the chickens immensely relaxing and funny to watch. I can sit for ages enjoying their antics, it's like my own Comedy Show. While I find it relaxing, I think it has the opposite affect on the dogs. Hope quivers with excitement, Fiddle works hard to ignore them, Cyrus loves to leap in front of the run fence to see if they will flutter off, Hexe is obsessed with going to see them, funny enough they seem to spook her a little, she quickly trots back looking over her shoulder to see if they are following her. Mersey is still certain they are intruders that she must bristle her hackles at and give a low gruff woof if they show too much interest in her.
I love to watch videos of farm dogs mingling with the livestock, seemingly at peace with them, obviously I have never seen such a farm video with a Standard Schnauzer playing this role. Wait, Fiddle would be happy to 'play' the part, however I am no fool, I know the moment I am distracted there would be once less chicken in the coop.