I think this is only my second post on here... sadly. I'm probably more upset than I should be right now but... I only had 6 chickens. This was our first time raising them. 2 Rhodies 2 Buffs 2 Rocks. They're still only ten weeks old, but growing fast. We got them outside in a movable coop and we just recently let them start free ranging. They were doing great. They seemed much happier and don't wander off at all, they like to stay around the coop (We live in the countryside, by the way. There's a fair amount of cows and corn fields surrounding us). I raised them from little chicks, just a few days old. I spent a lot of time watching over them. Anyways, I wasn't at home when it happened, my dad told me about it. My neighbor was walking her black lab down the road like she usually does, without a leash. I always thought he was a pretty well trained and kind pup. Well they walked past our yard and the dog suddenly took off and grabbed one of my rocks, then ran back down the road, away from the owner. By the time she got to him, yelling, it was too late. Apparently the poor chick was squawking like never before and MY dog, whom was inside, was making noise about it too. The owner felt really bad about it and offered to pay us but my dad said no. She says she's going to keep him on a leash from now on. I'm afraid to let my chickens go free range now because of this. If the dog was on a leash or my chicks were in their coop, it would still be alive. I don't know. I think I wouldn't be *as* upset if the chicken died from natural causes. It would have just been an accident that was no ones fault. But I'm angry because it was someone else's pet that did it. And here I am worried about coyotes and mink... It's just upsetting because I've spent SO much time with them and I have a bond created with them. They're basically my babies. And all of that time is just ripped away in a second by someone's non-leashed dog. Plus I love animals and it always makes me sad when an innocent creature is killed. Especially a helpless one like a little old chicken that does nothing wrong.