How much should neighbor $$ for Judys death??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ericasl, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Ericasl

    Ericasl Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    The Dalles OR
    Hi all I need your help, If you read my story you know our neighbors dog broke in our barn window and killed our lead hen. The cops told her she had to pay for the damages. I have yet to talk to her, how much is fair for a hen?? We paid 10 bucks for them they are not a year old yet. I just wanted to know what you all thought. I would love to charge her for all of our familys tears, and egg loss for stress of my other birds. We have gone from 10 eggs a day to 5, what do you all think is fair.
    PS. I think she got rid of the dog. I am not sure.[​IMG]
  2. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    We had a dogs down the road that killed one of our roosters I know of but we are pretty sure he killed 3 more rooster and a young hen. We talked to the guy and he gave me 20 dollers for the rooster and feed cost, he said he whould tie them up then they were up here again so animal contral took one dog away out of alot. And we saw him again a few days ago stagering around he might have rabies. I whould charge for the lost of the hen and feed cost to feed the hen.
    I am sorry about your lost. [​IMG]
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  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I say $10-$15 you have to think about feed cost and egg production
  4. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    One more thing the roosters were all free and the rooster we saw him kill we had got the day before.
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    These beings are priceless and so I know it is very painful to see their "worth" reduced to a few dollars spent for initial purchase. If that's all that a chicken's people recover, offenders will never learn how valuable our feathered friends really are and humans on average will continue to see chickens as expendable.

    I don't know if you ultimately will get this amount, but I would certainly list a percentage of your costs for feed, loss of eggs, straw or wood shavings, any medical she's had along the way, repairs to your structures, anything, everything you can think of. Even if you don't recover this amount, hopefully this gets people to think.

    My roo was once viciously attacked by a passerby's dog (he wasn't on a leash) and in the chaos of trying to get him emergency care and then nurse him back from near death, I lost the person's name and number and so never contacted them with a bill. The vet bills, meds etc. were probably in the range of $1000 before all was said and done. If I had presented her with that bill, I am virtually certain her dog would never be let off a leash again when it was being walked. She never learned, I took the hit financially and most importantly, the roo suffered greatly (he did recover, thank goodness).

    I'm so sorry for Judy and for your anguish.
  6. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    I'm lucky the guy whos dogs came upper use to have chickens. Some people consider chickens to be just a farm animal, but they can be pets to. Once you raise them and they get big to were there laying and a another animal comes up to your land and eats them you don't fell that good.
  7. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    I'm so sorry for your loss. It is hard to put a price on heartache and tears. I'd charge her $20 and the cost of the window.
  8. DLS

    DLS Songster

    I ran over 2 hens 30 years ago. The cops made me pay $25.00 ea way back then. This is a case of I could not help it they were in the road.. in your case the owner is WRONG!! he should keep his dogs under controll.- :mad:
  9. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    There is no way I would charge less that $50. It will take some time for your hens to readjust and start laying normally again. That is worth something. I also feel you have a duty to educate these folks. They won't feel $10, or $20, but $50 will sting a little.


  10. sclanimals

    sclanimals Songster

    May 31, 2007
    I'm with Gwen, go with $50. I charged a neighbor $40 for a few dead pullets and his dogs were there the next day. Hit them in the pocketbook!

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