Sorry, but I forgot to mention one of the best things about Garden Lime— it fights odors! You know how your coop smells worse when it's damp outside? Just raking some garden lime into the deep litter and adding a little to pine shavings in nesting boxes really improves odor problems.
With all this rain...my run smells like a pig pen. Last night I used a ton of barn lime on it. I bought it months ago and had it on hand. Probably going to take another pass at it today. I really wish it would stop raining so hubs could mow the yard. I would love to put the grass clippings in the run. The coop isn't nearly as bad, so I know it's the moisture to blame. Yesterday was the first time in the year + of having chickens that I used the barn lime. Said to myself, "This will NOT wait." Felt glad that there are trees/scrub between the neighbors and me, bc I was embarrassed of the smell. Just awful. I think I might need to clean part of it out and put in "nature's compost bin," aka the sinkhole in our woods. I don't have a good spot to compost, so I throw branches, etc there.
Haven't been on for bit with work and all. So mad come home and find a dead chicken then 4 more and 9 missing. Neighbors dog got them and killed them on. I confronted neighbor and he was nice and apologetic and offered to pay for loss. I didn't take any money from him. They just starting laying 2 weeks ago got them in early February. Makes me mad out at least 400$ on them plus future worth for selling eggs. Mainly how much time I spent watching them and all of their personalities. I had one with wry neck took her 4 months to get over so I named her twisty and I spent a lot of time talking to her and she would move that crooked neck of hers at me like I was probably crazy. Up to know I only loss 1 chicken. Today I loose 14 out 16. Apparently the people that used to live at my house had same problem with the same dog.
Take his money. Sorry for your loss, but I would definitely take the money, even if you decide not to keep chickens again. I would also tell him if it happens again, that you'll have to report it. Dogs can't be allowed to destroy property.