Well, I know that many of you might think I'm such a talented animal trainer, that my mere presence was enough to assure they would not cross, but overt training had nothing to do with it at all. Perhaps the fact that I was outside everyday working on the coop or picking raspberries for my client restaurants was enough to keep them nearby - especially since I was known to throw a few raspberries and Japanese beetles over the fence for them to fight over. But that would still not explain how they stopped at the edge of the road 100 feet away from where I worked. Needless to say, training of my own device has now ensued - in the form of bucket throwing! As I sit outside at my computer getting ready for school, I periodically take a break and go check whether they are too near the road. If so, a few buckets clatter down the road. It seems to be working. We'll see.
Darcy, on the other hand, is now so well trained not to bother the chickens, that she is absolutely no help in herding the chickens back home.