I can't believe what happened, I haven't even been able to tell anyone till just now I started with 52 chicks hatched September 1, lost a few, fell on one in the coop, set the feeder down on one....so since then I have been very careful with them, making sure the coop is clean & dry, the waterers & feeders are clean & full, checking them at least 5 times a day... Yesterday afternoon I had both of the shed doors open for air flow, the coop is inside the shed, the flimsy wire coop door was shut. I had just come in the house from doing yardwork and my daughter looked out the window in horror to see DH's beagle running across the backyard with a chicken in his mouth, we ran outside to the meaties coop and we're devastated to see dead & half dead chickens everywhere. You can't even imagine what that's like. All in all one small beagle killed/almost killed 37, 5 1/2 week old meaties and one rabbit that was in a cage in about 5 minutes. We quickly decided to just butcher them, so skinned & gutted, cleaned, cooled & refrigerated til almost midnight. The dog is never loose and somehow escaped from his run. My new coop door will be solid with the right kind of wire. I don't know what to do about letting them out I had to call the chicken butcher and cancel my butcher time, I called and ordered new chicks which will be coming next week. I'm a first time meatie grower, I'm sick about the $$ spent so far, chicks, feed... I feel terrible but have learned some valuable lessons.