We recently bought a house (beautiful and on a few acres!) But the hoa has a restriction on outbuildings to be of a visually appealing nature (but no restrictions on poultry yeay!!!). My old coop, although incredibly functional, is not pretty. So we have to start fresh with a nice shed and get them set up in there.
While we take the time to do this, we have had a wonderful friend offer to keep the chickens so we don't have to keep them in the garage in the meantime (yuck).
This wonderful friend wanted to start keeping chickens soon so he went ahead and got the fence (with wire over top) set up in a rush, so that we coyld drop our coop in it for a few months. Since he's doing us a huge favor, I didn't really have a place to tell him his fence is basically no more that a containment system for the birds, and completely useless as predator proof confinment. As I said good bye to my chickens, I noted that it was incredibly unlikely for me to get all of them back with a chain link fence not sunk into the ground and huge gapped hardware cloth on top as their only means of protection..
Low and behold, they've been there for a whole week and a half and two large dogs made a go at it. One got into the pen and snapped my EEs neck before our friend got out to stop it. Lesson learned for him, but as a backyard flock keeper restricted to 5 hens, losing 1 of 4 really takes its toll on my egg count. And I run a side business baking event cakes, using my eggs.
SOOO regardless of the lack of predator protection for the birds, the dogs were still in conflict with the law, being on someone else's private property uninvited, off leash, and breaking into an enclousure.
I'm not seasoned enough to know how or where to get the small number of specific breeds that I want locally so I only know to order them online. You can't just order 1, you have to get 4 or 5 (3 at the least) and shipping is pricy. On top of that I'm loosing 4-5 eggs a week from this girl (she took 9 months to start laying and was only 10.5 months old!!!!) And all the nice fresh fruits and veggies I've been feeding my flock also cost a heafty penny (but the texture of the eggs is incredible when they are eating fresh vs feed).
And obviously the dogs owner is not sounding too happy about forking over hundreds of dollars to completely compensate for the loss of the chicken (after ordering the minimum number of chicks, waiting on a list, shipping, feeding for 10 months, grit, bedding, oyster shells, scratch, and loss of eggs in the meantime)
What action can and should I take to make them be held responsible for not only the mediocre cost of one baby chick, but all of the other money that went into her over the last 11 months and the lack of eggs in the meantime??
Thank you for all the!
She was BEAUTIFUL TOO! and layed beautiful teal eggs!!!
Edited by KJzCola - 4/13/16 at 3:39pm