Cost of replacing hens......after neighbor dog attack

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by willia03, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. willia03

    willia03 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, So a few days ago we caught the neighbors boxer red handed carrying off one of our Appenzeller hens. My husband ran out of the house and dog dropped her. I, being 6.5 months pregnant went out looking for chickens with my husband, found my 5 year olds favorite splash cochin hen full of holes, yet still alive at this point in the yard. Husband went looking though the hills and found a bunch of our flock. At that point we had found 2 dead Gold Laced cochin hens and were missing a Black Copper Maran hen, all laying hens I might add. Later that night our Naraganssett turkey died from the attack. Today my husband went out to clean the coop out, and found a Gold Laced Wyandotte dead in the coop and the Blue Splash cochin dying.

    What I need to know is how much these hens are to replace, how much to tell my neighbor he owes us for replacement cost. He told David he would pay replacement cost to us, so I need to know how much they would cost?

    Thanks in advance

    Mel
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    Soo sorry to hear this..... Only way to put a price on this is to go to a source that can replace your chickens and turkey. Buy them and forward the bill to neighbor. Include ALL COSTS. INCLUDING TRAVEL.
    I had a similar situation a year ago, but my chicken lived. She is now blind, but alive. The owner of the dog was (a term I do not want to use) and wanted to justify that his dog entering my yard was OK. Dog got loose. Cant blame the dog. It is just an animal. He keeps his dogs under control since. I did not seek compensation. I'm just glad I have nothing more to do with such neighbor.
    WISHING YOU BEST in this SAD TIME. [​IMG]
     
  3. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buy the replacements and send him a bill. But i will add that once the dog comes onto your property, it is just another predator and should be handled as such. Predators come back when given oppritunity.
     
  4. Seabright12

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    I've had similar problems. Shouldn't the neighbor have to pay for what a full grown hen would cost and not just a chick?
     
  5. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    In many states the replacement cost is based on what the States Department of Agriculture determines based on industry prices... Now you can argue it's unfair all you want, as you have time, shipping, feed and care, but in those states legal replacement cost is generally only a few dollars at most (almost always under $5) as foregone and/or lost profits are not considered as part of the replacement value...

    On the other hand you can 'demand' any amount you want or feel is fair, and could even technically have cause to bring a civil suit for more, but the court fees alone (and certainly lawyer fees) will likely negate any additional money you won..
     
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  6. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was assuming the poster would go buy full grown replacements. But if you would buy chicks, I suppose he could ask for what he had in the originals or what he would have sold them for? I would have probably just shot the dog lol
     
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  7. daisygirlfp

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    Have you considered contacting your insurance company and see if they can help you determine the amount of the replacement cost. I would call animal control and file a complaint, chances the dog is'nt licensed or vaccinated and the neighbor will have to pay those costs and you will have documentation of your complaint and loss. If your neighbor still does not want to pay replacement cost then file in small claims. You do not have to buy replacement hens before filing, you just have to determine a fair replacement value that a small claims judge will agree to. I hope you have pictures. So, so sorry. Heartbreaking.

    Your chickens are pets and not agricultural commodities.
     
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  8. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    You can call them 'pets' all you want but in most states they are considered livestock and thus agricultural commodities as far as the law is concerned...

    If you bring suit in civil court you might be able to persuade a judge/jury they are pets but this going to come with own cost and no guarantee...
     
  9. daisygirlfp

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  10. dmanhefner

    dmanhefner Out Of The Brooder

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    15 to 20 each for grown layers. Look on craigslist for an idea of what mature layers go for in your area. If neighbor is willing to deal then let them. Both of you get receipts, written records, etc. If it happens again call local athorities. If you catch dog in act consider photos, killing not good idea since neighbors seem reasonable but should not be out of question if the dog continues to come back.
     

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