Neighbor's Chicken in My Garden (tree, corn, dogs, bird) User Name: Remember Me: Password : Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Welcome to the Digital Spy forums. If you have close neighbors try to restrain your impulses to have more chickens than you really need. Store or dispose of manure and other wastes properly. My neighbour between 8 -12 chickens. Tell him if they wander on your land again, you'll be selling or cooking them for yourself. They have done minor property damage like defecating everywhere and digging up mulched trees. To reiterate, if you or your neighbour are leaving food for birds and squirrels it is very likely that … We have spoken with them several xs … They also put food out for the birds and foxes - I spotted a rat eating a half eaten tray of lasagne in their front garden a few weeks ago. Aside from the obvious option of completely surrounding your garden with fencing to keep the chickens out, here are suggestions on how to help your chicken and garden coexist: 1. There is nothing in our garden attracting them except for easy access to the chickens. A chicken tractor that you move every day down rows of your garden will allow the chickens to eat bugs, scratch around and aerate your soil, … My neighbour's chickens come into my garden everyday and make a mess, theres crap all over my front path. Strategic planting. Every council will definitely allow you to keep chickens, and generally the rules are quite common-sense - pertaining to how many you can keep, coop requirements and chicken maintenance. Your chicken shelter should be neat and immaculately clean. We can't even let our dog run in our own yard because of the chickens being there. While the UK government does not require you to register with DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) if you have under 50 poultry (poultry includes chickens, geese, ducks, partridge, turkeys, quail, pheasants, pigeons for meat, emu, ostrich, guinea fowl and rhea) you do have to register if that number exceeds 50 at any one time to the Poultry Register. Most people are okay with the occasional barking of a neighbor's dog or even the clucking of a few hens from next door. A constant battle with neighbors who don’t like your chickens may lead to the municipality banning your chickens — or even banning everyone’s chickens. We have a rat problem because my neighbours keep chickens and the chicken feed provides a great food source for the rats. You may need to bury waste or haul it away. dig a small moat and pull up the drawbridge:). If you only notice one rat in the garden of your neighbour then there’s no need to panic. Here are some of the best ways I know to maintain harmony between chickens and the garden. Nobody has been able to catch it so I now have an obligation to feed this bastard chicken every day. If you butcher at home, you also need a way to dispose of blood, feathers, and other waste. If you must have a rooster, try getting a bantam one, even if you have full-size hens. Chickens can easily destroy a newly planted vegetable garden, uproot young perennials, and pick the blossoms off the annuals. He/she has not answered any one's questions. Chicken tractors. Day and night. They can make walking barefoot across the lawn or patio a sticky situation. A gardening neighbor may like to have your manure and soiled bedding for compost. If your hens do regularly escape it will be your responsibility to stop this from happening, and you can do this quite simply by running chicken wire or plastic trellis around the bottom of your fence or hedge. Don’t locate your chickens close to the property line or the neighbor’s patio area, if at all possible. i've seen around 2 pecking at my garden for the last couple of years but just recently I caught 6 in my drive. I can't put a fence around the veggies because of various obstacles, such as the washing line. The more chickens you keep, the more likely you will have objections to noise or smells. If they know about them but get free eggs, they probably won’t complain, either. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t stop roosters from crowing by locking them up until well after dawn. You may love the sound of a rooster greeting the day, but the noise can be annoying to some people. If you have close neighbors try to restrain your impulses to have more chickens than you really need. It may be worth getting the local council involved, somewhere we lived previously we had a similar problem and the council made them keep the chickens/geese and bullocks in on their own ground. He needs to find out how they get in and remedy it. I've started my first garden this year, a container garden with various herbs, peppers and tomatoes. Never butcher a chicken in view of the neighbors. They come in our yard. Share the chicken benefits. Tell him that any more you find in your garden will become your property.:). DIGITAL SPY, PART OF THE HEARST UK ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK. Even raccoons and coyotes are often numerous in cities and suburban areas. Over the last five years I have regularly complained about them coming into my garden, making a mess and damaging the plants. A man killed his neighbours dog the other day that had got into his garden, and that was allowed, so I'm sure killing a few chickens is ok. Tell him straight that you'll give him a final chance to keep them out of your garden. I informed them that they needed a proper fence and they said they will fix one (this was around 2 years ago) but that only lasted at best 6 months. Chickens can be carriers of salmonella, listeria and campylobacter but you get salmonella, listeria or campylobacter from improperly stored/cooked food. This waste smells and attracts flies and other pests. Your neighbour is under a duty to keep his chickens on his own land. I looked outside and the chicken was on my patio. If you're thinking of keeping chickens in your area, it’s important to check the council regulations in your area before you set up your coop and purchase your flock. Very few will think to crawl underneath, but you can always use small tent pins or a similar stake-type fastener to secure the fencing to the ground soil. This is a time to educate your neighbor about a couple of chicken diseases. Material that is two feet in height, stretched out and secured with small posts, should keep birds put. Free-ranging chickens can also be the target of malicious mischief by kids. Chickens are also great at wriggling through small holes if the grass looks greener on the other side. Part One: Driving the Chickens Away 1. Advise those of you who raise meat birds and have close neighbors can send your birds out to be butchered. He said the canaries were kept in the shed and doesn't know how the cat got in. My cat brought home an injured chick it had caught this morning. Sorted. Use Herbs to Repel Your Chickens. Registered in England. The man said my cat has killed loads of his chickens & that he used to keep canaries but my cat had killed all of them, he said it was £100's worth of birds. Just like us, there are some scents that chickens can’t stand – … I talked to the owners (third house away) who said he will try to come up with a solution. Bloom suggested planting flower seeds in tiny crevices the chickens can’t get to, … Happy you and VERY happy chickens. It makes good compost, but a pile of chicken manure composting may offend some neighbors. Even if you have a 2-acre suburban lot, you may want to keep your chickens confined to lessen neighbor complaints. I don't know what to do. If you have close neighbours, they can sometimes have concerns that you may have to address before you start to keep chickens. Wring their necks, pluck them and put them in your oven. Never butcher any chickens where neighbors can see it. My neighbors have at least a dozen chicken hens and 1 rooster. Don’t keep more than one rooster; they tend to encourage each other to crow more. Cats rarely bother adult chickens, but even small dogs may chase and kill them. However, if you were to shoot them it could be considered criminal damage. He will crow, but it won’t be as loud. Keep your chicken population low. Rats often pass through gardens when they are on the hunt for food. Chickens in the garden, yours or the neighbor’s can be a problem. Regardless of your situation, the following list gives you some ideas to keep you in your neighbors’ good graces: Try to hide housing or blend it into the landscape. Let’s look at these one by one. Didn't stop the geese chasing people down the road though ! Confine chickens … I wasn't aware of the bird until my dogs began barking. Mean roosters can scare or even harm small children and pets. Two hens for each family member works well for egg production. The deeds clearly state no fowl although the bungalows were built 53 years ago It is a private housing estate, with close neighbours and the noise, smell , the flies and the dreaded vermin and an extremely large shed (nothing to do with these chicks ) taking up half the garden leave an under floor gap just waiting for anticipating rats . Confine chickens to your property. Animal welfare have also been out and told him the same, but still he doenst listen. I live on a dead-end street in a rural area and the county If you can disguise the chicken quarters in the garden or hide them behind the garage, so much the better. They are also plant pluckers, mulch movers, and diggers of hen-size holes in any soft soil left open to them, so keeping chickens in the garden comes with special challenges. If neighbors don’t even know the chickens exist, they won’t complain. If your chickens are seen as the source of these pests, neighbors may complain. You can fence your property if you want to and if it’s legal to do so, but remember that lightweight hens and bantams can easily fly up on and go over a 4-foot fence. ©2020 Hearst UK is the trading name of the National Magazine Company Ltd, 30 Panton Street, Leicester Square, London, SW1Y 4AJ. Chicken tractors aren’t just for “mowing” your grass. Garden chickens are gifted compost shredders. My neighbor’s chickens are constantly on my property. Your neighbour is under a duty to keep his chickens on his own land. These concerns are usually about vermin, odours or noise. Neighbors may go along with you having chickens as pets or for eggs, but they may have strong feelings about raising them for meat. When you see chickens wander into your garden, give them a quick spray with a standard... 2. I found out it was a chicken and that it belonged to a house a few streets away so took it back. You need a private, clean area, with running water, to butcher. They are also noisy horrible things first thing in the morning and they are right under my bloody window and they make their stupid noises all bloody day long. Placing sawdust or straw on the chicken poop may solve the odor problem. And it pays to keep your neighbors happy anyway. Which they let roam freely even when they are gone. Roosters aren’t necessary for full egg production anyway; they’re needed only for producing fertile eggs for hatching. Some heavier birds may also learn to hop the fence. 15.37 the OP posted. They also cause damage to other adjoining gardens. Kidnap them and dump them at Liz Jone's house. Spray the chickens with water. All Rights Reserved. But if your neighbor's animals are creating a problem, such as a threatening dog which is off leash, or a cat using the kids' sandbox as a litter box, you may decide to take action. Be aggressive about controlling pests. In urban and suburban areas, dogs running loose can be a big problem for chicken owners who allow their chickens to roam. Two hens for each family member works well for egg production. They are allowed to roam free for part of the time. I don't even get the eggs because I have no idea where it's nesting. If you have neighbours who are proud of their immaculate garden they will be far from happy if they see escaped hens digging up their meticulously planted flower beds! Just do what you can to make chickens seem like a mutually beneficial endeavor. The reason for this is so any substantial poultry owner… Why not go down the sensible route and find out why they are coming into your garden in the first place. Whether it is barking dogs, loud music, or stinky chickens, talking to your neighbor in a casual, non-threatening manner may spur your neighbor to fix the problem. I’m thinking of fencing a little area in the summer chicken yard and planting a variety of things like: sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, corn, tomatoes, and zucchini, just so my chickies can enjoy their own garden all summer. Turning the hose at them drives them away but only to return later when I'm not watching. And of course, chickens rarely survive an encounter with a car. Even if roosters are legal, consider doing without them. Foraging chickens can roam a good distance. Consider Your Neighbors When Raising Chickens, Daily Chores to Keep Your Chickens Healthy. Here's my problem. Would he notice if one went missing and ended up in your freezer? Can I shoot my neighbor’s free range chickens if they show up on my property? And if your neighbor comes out one morning and finds your chickens roosting on the top of his new car, he’s not going to be happy. My neighbor, whom I don't know very well, got a pet chicken that he keeps in his fenced back yard. This brings us … Dust the ground in between plants with cinnamon, paprika, garlic, curry powder,... 3. If you’d like to join in, please sign in or register. The more chickens you keep, the more likely you will have objections to noise or smells. Roosters can and do crow at all times of the day — and even at night. I have confronted my neighbor about it but he has not done nothing. I've asked him numberous times to keep them on his own side of the fence but he doesnt listen. Some forums can only be seen by registered members. Stop Your Chickens Flying Away To prevent your chickens from flying away and exploring the neighbourhood when you let them out, you should do some wing … … Finally, don’t assume that because you and your neighbors are good friends, they won’t care or complain about any chickens kept illegally. Keep your chicken population low. One of my neighbour's chickens broke out and has started living in my garden. Bring some eggs to your neighbors or allow their kids to feed the chickens. The council says there is nothing they can do about it basically. Neighbors are any people who are in sight, sound, and smelling distance of your chickens. Sprinkle spices around the area. Families who keep backyard chickens and ducks should also be sure to give their feathered pets regular veterinarian check-ups, just like they would a … My 'neighbours' live across the street but their chickens manage to get through the bushes and into our street. His six chickens are making a mess of my bark-mulched yard. 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