Compensation wrangle after chicken killings in Croxley Green

Watford Observer: Croxley Green family "grieving" following chicken killings Croxley Green family "grieving" following chicken killings

A Croxley Green family are locked in a row over compensation after a fox killed three of their chickens.

Matthew Human’s Lincoln Drive property backs onto the Durrants House development, currently being renovated by Beechcroft.

The 48-year-old said that a panel in the wooden fence was destroyed while a tree trunk was being moved as work was being carried out.

Mr Human said: "In moving the tree trunk it ended up through our fence. At the time the site manager came round and knocked on the door and was very apologetic and said they would fix it and everything will be fine.

"So, not being unreasonable I thanked him for owning up to it and thought nothing of it. They took out what was left of the old panel and had to wait for the new section to be delivered."

Within the next few days it took for a new panel to be installed, a fox entered the garden and killed chickens, Margery, Velma and Lilly.

The self-employed businessman said: "Unfortunately, the fox arrived before the panel. My little girl was distraught and we’re stressed and grieving."

Mr Human approached the company, seeking compensation of £50.

He said: "It happened in February and for weeks I was chasing that money, so every week I was going round there asking where it was. What has rattled my cage was trying to get a response. After all that time I thought they should increase the amount from £50 to £100."

Representatives from Beechcroft agreed to give Mr Human a "goodwill" sum of £50.

However, they did not think that the incident warrented doubling the amount requested.

Michael Browning, managing director at Beechcroft, said: "Mr Human originally made a claim for £50 compensation in relation to this matter and as a gesture of goodwill Beechcroft agreed to make this payment. Mr Human then increased his claim to £100, this has been declined."

Mr Browning added: "The original £50 requested by Mr Human and agreed by Beechcroft remains available should Mr Human wish to reconsider."

Mr Human and his family have since bought new chickens and have installed an electric wire around the outside of their coop.

Mr Human added: "We don’t blame the foxes. We often see them sunbathing in our neighbours gardens and they are very common because this is very rural and we love the wildlife.

"My parents had chickens when I was young. When you keep chickens foxes are an occupational hazard. You just try your best and it’s really sad what has happened."

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5:25pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Boosey says...

Should have learnt your lesson from your parents and common sense says if foxes are known to be around, take measures to ensure the safety of your chickens.
Should have learnt your lesson from your parents and common sense says if foxes are known to be around, take measures to ensure the safety of your chickens. Boosey
  • Score: 10

7:42pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Nascot says...

Compensation culture vulture!
Compensation culture vulture! Nascot
  • Score: 9

1:17am Fri 25 Apr 14

watfordman says...

what a fowl up , stop egging him on for more compo or youll get egg on your face.
what a fowl up , stop egging him on for more compo or youll get egg on your face. watfordman
  • Score: 5

9:05am Fri 25 Apr 14

garston tony says...

The broken fence may have allowed easier access to the garden at that time but unless its a very impressive fence even when unbroken foxes would have been able to get in if they had wanted to. It was only a matter of time before the chickens became of interest to them and instead of battling the developers i think Mr Human should be grateful that they are willing to give him anything at all especially as he admits that there was always a risk to his chickens from foxes anyway!

I can well imagine the distress to the children but trying to extort more money by going to the paper isnt right especially over something that had a high likelyhood of happening fence issue or not.

It really doesnt help that the WO and papers like this pander to this type of thing
The broken fence may have allowed easier access to the garden at that time but unless its a very impressive fence even when unbroken foxes would have been able to get in if they had wanted to. It was only a matter of time before the chickens became of interest to them and instead of battling the developers i think Mr Human should be grateful that they are willing to give him anything at all especially as he admits that there was always a risk to his chickens from foxes anyway! I can well imagine the distress to the children but trying to extort more money by going to the paper isnt right especially over something that had a high likelyhood of happening fence issue or not. It really doesnt help that the WO and papers like this pander to this type of thing garston tony
  • Score: 15

2:36pm Fri 25 Apr 14

LocalBoy1 says...

A fox ate my new cat. I am suing the fox!... ):):):)
A fox ate my new cat. I am suing the fox!... ):):):) LocalBoy1
  • Score: 3

3:51pm Fri 25 Apr 14

TRT says...

Where are the pictures of a disgruntled father leaning on a smashed up fence whilst his down-turned faced children hold out handfuls of feathers?
Where are the pictures of a disgruntled father leaning on a smashed up fence whilst his down-turned faced children hold out handfuls of feathers? TRT
  • Score: 3

3:52pm Fri 25 Apr 14

TRT says...

Also... I'd say that was a poultry (paltry) amount of compensation. *groan* Sorry. Had to be done.
Also... I'd say that was a poultry (paltry) amount of compensation. *groan* Sorry. Had to be done. TRT
  • Score: 4

5:50pm Fri 25 Apr 14

LocalBoy1 says...

TRT wrote:
Also... I'd say that was a poultry (paltry) amount of compensation. *groan* Sorry. Had to be done.
Some humour at last on the WO, so sick of the miserable political comments pages... :)):):)::)
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: Also... I'd say that was a poultry (paltry) amount of compensation. *groan* Sorry. Had to be done.[/p][/quote]Some humour at last on the WO, so sick of the miserable political comments pages... :)):):)::) LocalBoy1
  • Score: 3

8:38pm Fri 25 Apr 14

TRT says...

LocalBoy1 wrote:
TRT wrote:
Also... I'd say that was a poultry (paltry) amount of compensation. *groan* Sorry. Had to be done.
Some humour at last on the WO, so sick of the miserable political comments pages... :)):):)::)
Of course UKIP would bring back fox hunting and then this sort of problem wouldn't arise.
[quote][p][bold]LocalBoy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: Also... I'd say that was a poultry (paltry) amount of compensation. *groan* Sorry. Had to be done.[/p][/quote]Some humour at last on the WO, so sick of the miserable political comments pages... :)):):)::)[/p][/quote]Of course UKIP would bring back fox hunting and then this sort of problem wouldn't arise. TRT
  • Score: 0

11:49pm Fri 25 Apr 14

LocalBoy1 says...

TRT wrote:
LocalBoy1 wrote:
TRT wrote:
Also... I'd say that was a poultry (paltry) amount of compensation. *groan* Sorry. Had to be done.
Some humour at last on the WO, so sick of the miserable political comments pages... :)):):)::)
Of course UKIP would bring back fox hunting and then this sort of problem wouldn't arise.
Did you miss my bit about "miserable political comments?" It's about chickens and foxes ....YOU just had to go and spoil it, didn't you?
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LocalBoy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: Also... I'd say that was a poultry (paltry) amount of compensation. *groan* Sorry. Had to be done.[/p][/quote]Some humour at last on the WO, so sick of the miserable political comments pages... :)):):)::)[/p][/quote]Of course UKIP would bring back fox hunting and then this sort of problem wouldn't arise.[/p][/quote]Did you miss my bit about "miserable political comments?" It's about chickens and foxes ....YOU just had to go and spoil it, didn't you? LocalBoy1
  • Score: 2

9:21am Mon 28 Apr 14

foxy croxley says...

Garston tony is quite right, this man is just trying to extort more money by going to the papers- that's immoral and probably illegal. He should be ashamed of himself.
Garston tony is quite right, this man is just trying to extort more money by going to the papers- that's immoral and probably illegal. He should be ashamed of himself. foxy croxley
  • Score: 2

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