I had a situation yesterday morning where the neighbor's dog once again returned, and at least 5 birds came up missing. The dog looks like it had eaten a basketball when I caught her. It started when I was in the house, let my dog out then made a phone call. The next thing I know, the dog and the peafowl were going crazy, so I hung up the phone and I ran outside to find the offender in the little island of trees that we have in the yard, and not a single one of my free ranged BLRW bantams around (they were about 1/2 grown). I searched HIGH AND LOW, only found feathers in two different places from what I assume were two of the wyandottes. She'd also gotten a mouthful of feathers from my swan and canada goose. Da*n dog. Double da*n dog owner. You see, this is not the first time she's killed my birds, although it's been a while. But in the past, I have never NOT found any evidence other than a few feathers, I've always found their poor little bodies. But the last time she did this she was a puppy, she's now an adult lab who has had a litter of pups and has grown considerably. Is it possible the dog actually ATE all 5 birds? She sure looked big enough in the stomach to have done so, but I just don't know. The owner still isn't home, I left a note on his gate telling him to call me about his chicken killing dog. No call. The dog is in one of my runs. I want to call Animal Control, but I hesitate because the overpopulation right now is horrible, and I really don't want to see her put down. I'll be leaving here soon (moving) and I really don't blame the dog so much as the owner as he has taught her to chase his pigs when they get loose. This dog has cost me a lot of money... about $500 in poultry PLUS she came over one day and chewed up an incubator I had disinfected and left out on the patio to air dry. Found nothing but parts and a pile of styrofoam strewn all over the yard in the wind. I'm at the point of telling this irresponsible neighbor to fork over some money for the losses. I don't know whether he'll pay or not, he's promised to in the past but I never say a dime. But I've thoroughly had it this time. I don't tolerate chicken killers with my own dogs, or let my own dogs run free and terrorize the neighborhood, so when he finally does show up at his place, I'm not turning the dog over until he pays up for damages. Thanks for letting me rant.