I am a new member and poster to BYC, but I have been using this website now for over a year to learn about raising chickens, and it's a great help!
My situation is that I live in the country with neighbors whose house is approximately 60-80 feet away from my house. We both have flocks of free range chickens and guineas, but both of us use different husbandry practices.
Since my husband and I bought our property in order to grow our own food, and we focus largely on natural husbandry practices, we are very careful about what we feed our birds - we allow them to free range the whole day and feed them two big bowls of compost. We only supplement them with feed when necessary.
Our neighbors, though, seem to want to keep feed available to their birds at all times AND allow them to free range.
So, naturally, our birds (especially the guineas) have learned to go over to the neighbor's property looking for feed. (Both flocks go to the other side of the property - the neighbor's chickens were at one point laying eggs in our coop!) But recently, our guineas have been attacking our neighbors while the neighbors are letting their chickens in and out of the coop. This is because the guineas know that there is food inside the coop from the past when the neighbors were leaving their coop open with food in it.
The neighbors don't have this problem with their guineas because they don't let their guineas out until after they let their chickens out, which is at 12:00 pm.
So, our neighbors have basically "accused" us of not feeding our birds, which is both accurate and inaccurate. Our birds feed themselves for the most part and are happy and healthy, but they DO want to eat store bought feed, which I think is normal behavior and not because they are starving. The "attacking" just seems like attacking because our neighbor's coop is only 2 feet off the ground, and so our neighbors have to bend down to open the door and put food in, etc. and our guineas are trying to get inside the coop (not trying to attack the neighbors out of aggression because they are starving).
Basically, what do you think?
Do you have strategies or ideas that would teach our guineas not to do this?
Or do you have any experience with neighbors who use different husbandry and feeding practices when it comes to free-range birds that creates a problem for one or both parties? How would you talk to a neighbor to explain that just because your way of managing your flock is different than yours doesn't mean that you are being neglectful?