I'm sorry to do this to y'all, but I need to vent. My brother's "psycho-spaniel" is a very sickly dog, and I took her in nine years ago. She is now 11. The dog goes after anything that moves, and I knew she was after my chicks. I have the brooder on the back patio, on a table, pushed up against the wall. It has been like that for a month without incident. Well, this morning I put last night's hatched chicks in the brooder with the chicks born the day before, and as soon as I closed the back door I heard a crash. The dog had managed to knock the brooder to the ground, and she killed a chick. I sent an email to her vet last Wednesday saying that I can no longer care for this dog, and that I was bringing her in for euthanasia before the end of the month, so it isn't as if I'm doing this out of anger. The dog has chronic medical problems and I have gone into debt trying to maintain her health. She's at a point where nothing works anymore, because she has been on meds for the past nine years and no longer responds to treatment. I know I will feel badly about having her put down, so maybe I'm just using the chick incident as an excuse, but I just can't take it anymore.