I am incredibly moved and touched by the folks who have reached out and offered to chip in for a toxicology test on the birds.
The birds were disposed of 2 days ago by the Village public works person. A very sweet woman with the village offered to send him out so we wouldn't have to figure out what to do with the remains. I would have liked to find out for certain if they were poisoned, but the officer who came out gave the advice that even if we find out they were for sure, that wouldn't produce the person who did it, if they were in fact poisoned. I decided it made for more peaceful closure to let it go. I hope that turns out to be the right thing.
We should also keep in mind that it is an assumption (not a proven fact) that the hens were poisoned. The thing that keeps bringing me back to this notion is that they all 3 died at once. I can't get my head around anything else that would have caused such a thing. At any rate, to be fair to our sense of injustice and reality, we should keep in mind that there could be an explanation that does not involve malice. The only thing we know for sure is that someone entered our yard, left our garage open, passed out flyers with our address on them, then our 3 pets were discovered dead. There is no way to know that these 3 events are related or just a really bad-looking set of coincidence. If this is the act of a malicious individual, then that will hopefully come out in the wash. They must live with their actions. I suspect they will be caught eventually.
Either way, I think it is abundantly clear that the people in our community find these types of actions abhorrent. Please keep in mind that the poison theory is unproven and will most likely remain so. To create an environment of anger and outrage will do no one any good.
As always, our ultimate goal is to influence a positive change that is pro-urban agriculture in our community.