We came home from work to find our neighbors dogs in our barn laying there unable to move stuffed by our chickens. There were feathers and dead bird carcasas all over My husband would have shot the dogs, but our 4 year old daughter was there and he did not want her to see that. In all we recovered 15 dead birds but are missing 35 additional ones. We are devastated!! Theses were all from 9-14 month old birds. We were getting 30 eggs a day and now over 1/2 our hens are gone. Our neighbor does not want to pay for the damages stating he isn't the only one that's dog runs loose and he didn't mean for it to happen, he doesn't believe his dogs could have killed that many chickens...... He only wants to replace our birds with chicks and that means starting over. I just don't feel like that is fair at all. They are worth a lot more then that to me since we have paid for feed, water, time, vaccinations etc..... Now even our egg production is cut more then 1/2 Also, we have Silver and Gold Phoenix's and Blue Andalusions that are Rare Breeds. I contacted the hatchery where we bought them and was told that they couldn't tell me how much they would be worth at the age they are, but they are worth more since they are rare breeds. I have searched the internet for mature birds to get an idea of replacement cost but can not find a bird at the age mine were. I was told by my neighbor that they are just chickens and I should not let them free roam during the day (they are locked in a coop at night) because that is to tempting to his dogs. Mind you he lives over a mile from me........ If anyone could let me know what my chickens are worth and any advise in this area would be greatly appreciated!!