Yesterday an off leash dog broke into the duck pen and killed seven of our flock. We were lucky that a neighbor found the dog in the act and pulled him out of the pen. Otherwise we would be completely flockless.
It was a grim day. We were interviewing at work so I had to maintain the happy face all day with the candidates, despite having run home for 90 minutes to collect the bodies, find the the missing ducks and talk with the animal control guy. Everyone was traumatized. Our neighbor, the SB, the remainder ducks.
I am still uncertain if one of them will make it. She is moving slowly today, whether from injury or shock I don't know.
Thanks to our neighbor, we have identified the dog and hopefully will work something out with the owner.
I try to comfort myself with the good life they led up until Tuesday morning.
The neighbors, friends and family have been amazing. It has been nice to hear from folks how much they like having these critters here in the hood.