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RIP Elanor

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So this morning I received a text from my roommate. His dog killed my chicken... As most of you know chickens are family! We raise them and we spend time and appreciate the bond between human and poultry. Even if they do end up going to the dinner table no one wants to know that their chickens met their end in a disaster.
Now I have backyard chickens and we do have dogs but usually they are supervised so that nothing happens. So Elanor is dead and she was the head of the flock so she was a pretty good layer. I had the chickens before my roommate moved in and he assured me that he was going to spend time training his new puppy to guard the chickens so that we would never have this problem. Well he hasn't been training her like he promised and the dog did what its instinct told it to. I'm not mad at the dog at all I'm mad at my roommate. Not to mention the reason the dog was not supervised is because he fell asleep the night before with the back door open! So anyone and any pest could have just wandered right in through the night.
If my story isn't making very good sense then I'm sorry. I'm just distraught. If feel like he should pay for a new set of chickens and feed at minimum.... But is that too much?
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I am very sorry for your loss! Elanor sounded like a great hen. 

 

It wouldn't be unfair if you asked him to pay for a new hen. That dog was his responsibility and Elanor paid the price for it. 

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So you think asking for 4 new chicks too much? I don't know where you can get hens already laying.
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So you think asking for 4 new chicks too much? I don't know where you can get hens already laying.

Check your state thread, and give a shout out there that you need a new hen? http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=+Michigan

You didn't mention how many total hens you have, Introducing ONE new hen might be a challenge depending on your #'s and setup, so you may want to start over with a few chicks.

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Two months and still not a single apology. I'm not expecting anything at this point and he has been mostly MIA around the house. Hopefully it's the guilt eating away.

 

I ended up spending a few extra dollars on a set of 4 new chicks! 2 Barred Rock and 2 Gold Laced Wyandotte! They are now 2 months old. They have been great therapy. Small chicks are so fun and cute! I am moving them to the new coop next week.

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