I've read a lot on BYC, but this is the first time I've posted. I'm still so upset I can't sleep.... I had 10 little chicks in my brooder, in a spare bedroom and have always been VERY careful about the four dogs I have. My oldest, a pit mix, is really interested in the chicks, but the other dogs could seem to care less. Well today I made a new brooder out of carboard boxes, and had the kids and my dad in the room to check it out. We left and went down to the basement, and when I came back upstairs I heard an awful squawk coming from the bedroom. I went in to find that my dacshund had killed all but one of the babies. The worst part is, the door was shut, so when I left to go to the basement I must have locked him in there without noticing. I feel so guilty. I can't blame the dog, its what he was bred to do - and I'm the one who's supposed to be capable of intelligent thinking. So now my big flock is down to just one, a little wynadotte bantam who's about one week old. The only reason she survived is because she doesn't run when she's scared, she just hides in a corner. I've spent all night consoling the kids and the little wynadotte, I just needed to vent this out a little bit.