I really don't want a war with my neighbors but their chickens are forever in my yard. I've made it clear I don't like this as they dig up the garden etc. Anyone know what would keep them away? I was wondering if they don't like the smell of moth balls or something not too toxic. Thanks anyone who has ideas.
Build a coop and gather the eggs! Your neighbor will wonder what happened to his chickens and come to investigate.
Just kidding, but if you don't want them to free range at your place, you will have to talk to your neighbor about it. If you don't want a war, you may have to fence your area against the chickens. You have to decide how far you want to go with it. Maybe build a chicken tractor, and let them use it everyday, and send them home at night.
Tell them you are thinking about getting a dog and you wanted to warn them so they could keep their chickens put up so the dog wouldnt kill them. It might work for a little while until they figure out you didnt get a new dog.
That worked when my neighbors got some ducks. I have a fence and didnt lie when I told them if the ducks came into my yard my dog would kill them. They kept them put up after that.
Do you have fences? If so, check for small spaces the chooks can squeeze through, and fill them in.
If they fly over an existing fence, catch them one by one and clip ONE of their wings. They won't be able to get over the fence then, and if they try to fly, they'll be all wonky and won't get so high or so far.
If there are no fences, put one up!
Failing all that, tell your neighbour that you intend to spray your weeds with poison that is likely to kill the chooks if they eat it. You will be doing this on a regular basis until the weeds are eradicated. If he doesn't want his chooks poisoned, best to keep them out of your place!
I'm not sure that any dog would be helpful. My dog was very protective of my chooks! AND next-door's ducks! Even brought me an escaped budgie in her mouth once - totally uninjured (but a nervous wreck, understandably!).
Definitely speak to your neighbour about it before doing anything drastic. A good neighbour will do his best to keep his animals from straying.
I've never had any luck keeping the chickens out of the garden without fencing one or the other. I love letting my chickens free range, but I love my gardens too. After one year of having the chickens dig up and destroy a lot of perennials, I gave in and the chickens are now confined behind a 4' tall fence.
If your neighbor has heavy breeds, a fence may work. If he's got light breeds, expect nothing without a cover will keep them in. I fenced mine, clipped the wings of those that chose to fly over, and shot those with clipped wings that still figured out how to escape. Dispatched my favorite rooster, as he figured it out, and then would get on the other side of the fence and call to the hens encouraging them to try to get over the fence.
I'm hoping to have a fence around my perennial flower beds at some point, but until then the chickens are confined. I keep the vegetable garden fenced, but I have other critters that would lunch there if they could.
Fence. I think it really is your neighbor's responsibility to contain their livestock, but sometimes it is easier and better in the long run if you just fence off the areas you want to keep them out of, if you don't want to have a big hassle with neighbors.
Get the dog. Put a long wire along their side of your property, and tie your dog to the wire so he can run the length of it but not get on their property. If you get a young mongrel out of the Free column in the newspaper, You can almost bet he'll kill any chicken he can catch. (saves on dog food)LOL
Boy howdy, I love this site! and realize how lucky I am to not have neighbors living anywhere close by.
One of my cousins went hunting on his place (next door) last year and complained about my chickens and guineas making racket (200 yds away ). I told him I'd only had em about 15 years... he'd heard em for the first time...
So so so so glad I control the access to the electrical grid, and he, and other potentially unpleasant neighbors cannot access it!!!!
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Ya know if you got a dog it could just be a lil ankle biter. My folks have one and they bring that thing over here she thinks shes so big LOL. She chases the chickens but if the roo catches wind of her here she comes running back scared to death!!! LOL
Anyways, a small dog will chase chickens away.