Need help calculating the cost of lost chickens PLEASE!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kgdubois, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. kgdubois

    kgdubois Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] About four days ago the neighbor's dog got into my chickens for the THIRD time (their fault, the dog is an escape artist and the person is never home) and killed nine of my flock. I have talked with the neighbor numerous times, and tried to get them to find a new home for the dog, but she refuses. I have other neighbors that have threatened to shoot the dog if it gets onto their property again. To tell the truth, I was so dang mad when I got home, if that thing had been in my hen yard he would have been dead...

    This time, eight of my 7-month old laying hens and my gorgeous, wonderful RIR rooster were killed. The dog would get out of his yard, catch a chicken, and then TAKE THEM BACK into his yard to eat them. He must have been doing this all day long to get nine chickens.

    At first, the dog owner felt very bad, and was willing to pay for the chickens. I asked her to pay $35 each, which I felt was very fair. She is now contesting that amount, saying that is ridiculous pricing and is refusing to pay that much. Can anyone help me here?

    I think I saw somewhere on here where there was a formula for figuring out how much a hen would be worth, according to price of the bird, eggs I would have sold over her laying life, feed/supplies I had used, etc. I am at work and do not have time to research all of it, and was hoping someone could send me the link or lay it out here for me. I'm just devastated over the loss of my birds (they were all very gentle, would come sit with me & let me hold and pet them) and am so so MAD about this [​IMG]

    Thank y'all so much, in advance.
     
  2. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

  3. chics n more

    chics n more Out Of The Brooder

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    I could use this too-my neighbor thinks $5 each should be okay [​IMG]
     
  4. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    For all the feed we go through, I think $35 if very fair.
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:For sure! I would call animal control ASAP. I would be boiling with anger!
     
  6. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:For sure! I would call animal control ASAP. I would be boiling with anger!

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    And let dear neighbor know that you can take them to court if they don't want to settle civilly.
     
  7. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    The only real issue I have here is calculating in the eggs your hen WOULD have layed. What if your hen had died due to egg bound, had died of a sickness, etc? You cannot guarantee how many eggs any hen would have layed in its lifetime. Also, if you buy another hen with the money you are repaid, you are not only getting the cost of a replacement hen of the same value, but also all your eggs repaid by the ones the new hen lays. I say you look at Craigslist for comparable birds of comparable ages and price your losses accordingly.

    Were you to go to court over a purebred dog killed by another dog, the judge would only give you the cost of what you paid for the dog originally...keep that in mind! [​IMG]
     
  8. Anarchy82

    Anarchy82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Forget being civil. You have been civil the first couple times it happened. Now is time to take action.

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  9. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Rambo attacks again!! Send him in with Chuck Norris!! I swear they would make a pretty BA team [​IMG]
     
  10. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    BigDaddy'sGurl :

    The only real issue I have here is calculating in the eggs your hen WOULD have layed. What if your hen had died due to egg bound, had died of a sickness, etc? You cannot guarantee how many eggs any hen would have layed in its lifetime. Also, if you buy another hen with the money you are repaid, you are not only getting the cost of a replacement hen of the same value, but also all your eggs repaid by the ones the new hen lays. I say you look at Craigslist for comparable birds of comparable ages and price your losses accordingly.

    Were you to go to court over a purebred dog killed by another dog, the judge would only give you the cost of what you paid for the dog originally...keep that in mind! [​IMG]

    Good point. And how long would she have laid for? I say if you decide to calculate eggs in, only account for half of what you think she would have given you.​
     

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