We just lost a chicken and are looking for some advice.
We live in the middle of the woods up a long quarter mile dirt driveway. Today, while I was at work and my wife was at home, someone drove up to our house looking for their lost dog. They had another dog with them that they let out of their car off leash. Before they even reached our door their dog took off after our five chickens. It managed to catch one. My wife was able to get to it before it killed the chicken. The birds entire hind end was pretty badly torn up. My wife took the bird to the emergency vet. They said that one of the chickens air sacks was punctured and it looked like one of her legs was paralyzed. They recommended euthanizing. Which is what was done. The vet did this for free. I feel we lost this chicken due to the dog owners negligence. Not only did they bring their dog onto our property but they let it out of the car off leash. Not to mention they were looking for their other dog which had run off, so they obviously have issues controlling their dogs.
The dead chicken was a 15 week old Buff Orpington that we raised from a chick.
The question I have is, while trying to remain civil, what sort of compensation should I ask for? At minimum the cost of raising her for 15 weeks plus the cost to raise another to the same age. Then there is my lost time and lost egg production until the replacement reaches laying age. How do I put a price on this? What kind of figure would you all come up with.