I'm new here and needing some advice :)
my husband and I moved a quiet town recently where quite a few houses have chickens. I like them and actually think they are quite cute and (used) to like when they came to pay a visit as they are good pest control and didn't cause any issues at first. We live on a dead end road and our direct neighbors have free range chickens, I have counted 2 roosters and 5 or 6 hens in the flock. our yards are partially fenced in just leaving the fronts open. Over the past 3 weeks we noticed that the flock has been coming over and digging up our yard!! when we first moved in the yard was beautiful (we have about a half acre) and now it is filled with dirt and holes. completely digging up the grass leaving just dirt in huge patches where the grass most likely won't grow back again. Not to mention there is bird poop and feathers everywhere too! We have not spoken to them much but they are nice and we know they really really love their chickens. is there any way to keep them off on our end without having to say something to them? I just don't want to cause any problems or tension over it :( My husband is getting fed up as we literally watch them out our window digging up the lawn. we walk them out of the yard but they always come back. I reached out to the previous owners of the house to see if they ever had any problems with the chickens in the yard and to maybe get some advice and she said they would come over sometimes but never dug or anything. I'm totally baffled as to why they started doing this recently, we have lived in the house for a few months now and this just started recently. We both work full time and are gone all day mon-fri so we come home every night to our yard slowly becoming a disaster! any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated!
thanks so much :)
Edited by laht90 - 10/5/15 at 8:01am