I'm so ticked!!!! My son just called me and said that some dogs were loose again (this is in a fairly large town) and came to my house. They killed all six of my 2-1/2 month old chickens!!! I bought and raised these from day-old chicks. They were buff orphington's bought specifically for laying eggs and raising more chicks. They were in a small enclosed pen in the back yard. The dogs couldn't get into the "big girls" pen, so left those 4 alone. The police and dog warden are on their way over to take pictures of the carnage. Dead chickens all over. Supposedly, I'll be compensated for the loss, but how do you decide the loss?? I paid only $1 each for the babies, but the food costs, the care, the loss of income..... how do you figure that???? Plus, I can't buy any more day-olds until next spring!!!!! Worst is the feeling of loss. I'll really miss watching them. The rooster was just starting to make funny noises, and the girls were were sweet. Any idea of where I should start????