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Keep chicken off property
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Help    Posted 08-25-2004 at 10:36:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone have any ideas or tips for keeping the neighbor's chickens off my property (besides a fence)? It is getting annoying. Please help.


JB    Posted 08-25-2004 at 16:42:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
For the life of me, I can't understand how 5 little old chickens could annoy you. Our next door neighbor used to have a small flock that roamed and we didn't mind at all when they visited. We watched them through the windows, and really enjoyed their visiting and pecking here and there.

Then coyotes began creeping into town and one by one the chickens disappeared. The last 2, one a little red hen and the other a white one with black dots, stayed around a good while and then within 2 weeks, both disappeared. We really miss them. So, I am serious when I ask why they bother you?


Help    Posted 08-26-2004 at 11:48:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
The issue is that they live on my property all day and my neighbor is a tool. If you are going to have animals I don't mind but keep them on your property since they are his property.


Bkeepr    Posted 08-26-2004 at 04:29:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been quiet about this, but I have to agree with JB. Quite honestly, this sounds like a city-type moving to the country and then complaining about "the smell." I really can't understand how 5 chickens bother anybody, I thought we were talking about a huge flock or something. Go out and shooo them, if they bother you so much, but this isn't a real problem.

I know there are bad neighbors out there, but 5 chickens sounds like one of those "problems" that you just learn to live with or move.

Tom A


Gunner    Posted 08-25-2004 at 15:53:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you already have to deal w/ a rooster - How about free ranging your own rooster and maybe teach it to cuss?
I would be tempted to trap a racoon or two and let them loose around your property


KellyGa    Posted 08-25-2004 at 13:17:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay, here we go, got questions.

1. How many chickens are we talking about?

2. How close are youto the neighbors?

3. How much land do you have? How much land do
they have?

4. How about going over and being neighborly?
Have you spoken to them about their chickens?

5. Suggest to them a movable run. Maybe they
should be worried about predators? The
moving run will keep them out of your yard,
and them safe.

6. Chickens aren't so bad. I haven't had any
problems with bugs anymore.

7. Maybe get one of those fake owls from the
feed store and attach it to the top of a
post. They are scared of owls and hawks.

8. Last resort, one chicken dinner coming up.


Help    Posted 08-25-2004 at 13:29:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
1. How many chickens are we talking about? 4 and one rooster

2. How close are youto the neighbors? too close

3. How much land do you have? How much land do
they have? .50

4. How about going over and being neighborly? We tried on other issues and it never works
Have you spoken to them about their chickens? No

5. Suggest to them a movable run. Maybe they
should be worried about predators? You would think so. The
moving run will keep them out of your yard,
and them safe.

6. Chickens aren't so bad. I haven't had any
problems with bugs anymore.

7. Maybe get one of those fake owls from the
feed store and attach it to the top of a
post. They are scared of owls and hawks.



KellyGa    Posted 08-25-2004 at 13:34:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow...thats no land! I live on almost an acre front and back, and I have 10 chickens, and they only stay in the back yard.

I hate to say this, cause I am a chicken lover, but if you just can't put up with them, and you have tried talking to them, and I know, some neighbors just suck, they won't do a thing about whatever ails the other neighbor, been there with dogs, then I say check the county and city codes, they are probably not supposed to have them. The rooster is the only thing I would have a problem with, too noisy!!! They crow morning noon and night!


KellyGa    Posted 08-25-2004 at 13:38:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
What state, county and city are you in, I will try and help you pull up the codes and ordinances. I bet there is a noise ordinance if you are in a neighborhood. Like I say, I hate it for them, but if they and you only live on a small patch like that, they need to respect everybody else and keep them in the yard. Might try the owl thing first, hate for it to get ugly. Fences make good neighbors though, thats just a thought. :)


Larry (MO)    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:56:12       [Reply]  [No Email]

I found a volunteer to help you out.


Help    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:27:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is there a smell that can keep them away like bleach or cayenne pepper or something?


Texas    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:33:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dont think chickens can smell.......


start a hog farm    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:45:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
won't bother the chickens at all, but the neighbors might move!

Bkeepr Tom


Peanut    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:28:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
A combination of the following:

Egg wash
Flour
Hot vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Texas    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:20:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you Kellys neighbor? Just kidding. Chickens roam...and no fence youre outta luck. You could try feeding them....on your neighbors property.


KellyGa    Posted 08-25-2004 at 13:19:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ha ha Texas! LOL! My neighbors get free eggs for staying quiet. :)


EngineerJoyce    Posted 08-25-2004 at 11:57:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
My border collie pup.
She's 4 months old and has killed at least 3 of our chickens. :-(

Our neighbor also has chickens so I guess I'm gonna have to find Allie a new home before she kills again and gets herself eliminated.

She's a real affectionate cutie! ;-)


KellyGa    Posted 08-25-2004 at 13:21:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Come on Joyce, those dogs are smart, train her to behave! Tip can herd mine and she knows not to harm a feather on their little heads!


OH Boy    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:52:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get an electronic training collar. Put it on the dog. Don't say a word to her. Let her out and the minute she goes toward a chicken, give her a zap. When she retreats, let up on it. After a few sessions like this she will steer way clear of chickens. I did this with my bird dogs to get 'em to stop chasing cats rabbits and squirrels. You don't have to be cruel about it, just let the dog get the idea it is chickens that cause that discomfort to happen.


Texas    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:21:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Joyce you can try tying a dead chicken to that dogs collar. Let her wear it until its past rotten and the hide has slipped. Thats broke many a dog from killin chickens. Of course a 12 gauge has broke more :)


EngineerJoyce    Posted 08-25-2004 at 13:57:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
She's gotten whipped with eah chicken she killed. And she never does it when we're around. Last one was Saturday when me and the girls were visiting family and hubby was bush-hogging.

I'm not sure keeping her is worth the expense of a shock collar. Still deciding...

She seems to just chase anything that runs from her. She is chained up at the shed, just out of reach of the chicken pen. It is common to see 2 or 3 of the chickens walking around within her chain reach (right beside her stake) and her just sitting / watching. That's confusing to me. Does she just kill them when she's not eaten in the past 12 hours? Or when one runs past her? Or when the moon is full?!?

I just don't know.


KellyGa    Posted 08-25-2004 at 13:21:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ew...gross! LOL!


bll b va    Posted 08-25-2004 at 11:52:29       [Reply]  [No Email]

you don't like free fetilizer ?


toolman    Posted 08-25-2004 at 11:58:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
and bill , think of all the bugs they eat,keeps the yard lookin green on the other end .


pete's dream    Posted 08-25-2004 at 11:23:46       [Reply]  [No Email]

But really! What could a few chickens possibly hurt. Just be nice to them and get them a sack of scratch feed.


pete's dream    Posted 08-25-2004 at 11:20:17       [Reply]  [No Email]

sharp knife, tub of hot water, and a fryin pan slowes them down.


D.Starr    Posted 08-25-2004 at 11:01:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Put a bunch of rubber snakes around yer yard boundry....


Help    Posted 08-25-2004 at 11:46:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are afraid of snakes?


Bkeepr    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:26:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
My chickens kill and eat small snakes, and harass bigger ones til they leave.

Tom A


Peanut    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:02:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not my chickens. They chase the snakes (small ones anyway).

Do they bother you? I like having chickens around. They do a wonderful job of keeping bugs under control - they love to eat ticks.


A Dog    Posted 08-25-2004 at 10:39:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Especially one that thinks chickens taste like chicken.

A pet fox would certainly enjoy them for lunch.

Gonna have to be an animal if you are opposed to a fence. Chickens wander around too much.


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