Lost half of my quail flock to a single darn dog last night. Thank god I was awake to hear my dogs having a fit, or else I'd have lost them all. Didn't grab my gun going out, just figured it was a wondering hunting dog like usual in the neighbor's yard my girls were after...So The dog runs off when I holler at it, about breaking its neck to get out of the pen when I smacked the tin trashcan. I lost half my laying hens and 1 roo (out of a total of 20 grown birds) the dogs hadn't been fussing but for a couple minutes - so the dog wasn't in there but a total or 2 or 3 minutes minusing the time it had to take to get INSIDE...and that fast. UGH I have never seen a dog be able to CHEW/Pull a hole through 1" welded wire. After collecting the living birds and putting them up, the dog was in the neighbor's yard...At this point I'm thinking it was a neighbors hunting dog, as it was a blue tick dog, and I know one of the neighbors beside me own a couple... By the time I get the live quail up and go in the house and grab a gun to take out with me while I clean up dead body parts the dog was back in the pen through its hole and snacking on a body... Needless to say with 2 bullets the dog was dead INSIDE the pen...Being 1 am in the morning I just left it there to take pictures in the daylight and call AC/Deputies to report it. Did that this morning, AC came and collected the body. Thought it was the neighbors dog but it didn't have one of their collars on (color coded and name plated, this dog just had a plain collar on, so I know it wasn't one of theirs as they are avid hunters that put the time and money in the dogs and keep their dogs tagged so they can get them back)...So now I have lost birds, potentially a good bit of money these birds would have brought me, AND have no one to collect monetary compensation from. My daughter who loved the quail, is devestated. I had to put one of the other hens down this morning when I checked them all over, she had been halfway gutted and they are just too fragile skinned to try and stitch up. NOW To rebuild and try again, this time with a bit more ingenuity on keeping a big predator OUT. first issue I have had with hunting dogs when I am surrounded by 4 neighbors with 40+ dogs, and lots of the time they run them, and I had yet to have an issue with the dogs bothering anything except stealing catfood off the porch or knocking over trash cans... Just very frustrated and upset over birds I had raised this long, and were in the prime of their lives...just WASTED.