*This post contains a picture of a dead bird*
Got home from work yesterday and I was greeted by the news from my wife that a neighbour had been walking his dog (there's a public footpath that runs along the top of our fields) and somehow it had got off the lead and killed three of my chickens.
"Luckily" (although not for them) it had been my ex battery hens, who are kind of on the "green mile" stage of their life as a new batch are arriving in a month or so. They had lost a third of their numbers.
Our neighbour walked down the field to meet me and was very upset.
There were many ways I could of handled this whole situation and although I was annoyed I did feel sorry for the guy, it was genuine mistake. As he'd gone to go over the stile, with baby and dog, the dog saw a pheasant who bolted, the dog then chased it over two fields and ended up straight into the chicken pen. The rest is inevitable!
I do moan a bit about the dog walkers round here, as none seem to keep their dogs on a lead, even though there is a polite sign asking them to, but this guy does and is always courteous, although his dog isn't the best trained in the world.
Please keep your dog on a lead!