Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick
Does anyone follow an exact schedule for their chickens? As stupid as it sounds, I was informed by my neighbor that I am stupid for thinking a light outside the coop MIGHT be keeping predators away. Since the neighbor is an "expert" that has lost about fifteen birds so far this year to predators, I think I just might be right. Either way, I was further educated that I don't keep a strict enough schedule, and that my flock has been seen outside late at night when I am not home (seriously doubt it. I can't get my birds to move off the roost for anything once the sun starts to set!). For the two or three times I have come home late, I am being admonished. THEY have a schedule that is such a time on these days, such a time on these days, and another time on the weekends. The birds AND predators KNOW what day it is, and when the door will be open or shut, when they have to go to bed, and when they will be fed on that day.
Bottom line, a neighbor said that they watch my comings and goings, when I do what, and how I do it, and they do not approve. I have spent the evening in the dark to throw them off.
Someone please tell me I am doing a good job! Even if I am not.
Your doing a GREAT job,,,,,I can not put here what I would say to the neighbor, I would get kicked off... Sounds good!
Ditto!!! Come move here and be my neighbor!!! LOL can u imagine two chicken addicts side by side? we need to start Chicken communities where the kids and peeps can run free!! LOL
Thank you to all that tried to make me feel better. For the record, I DO have a schedule. I also actually spend time with my girls, and that is not scheduled (how do you schedule love?).
I think it would be great to be your neighbor. Heck, it could be nice to be their neighbor if they weren't related to my husband!
As for the chicken addict part, they are hoarders through and through. We each (one farm, divided amongst 3 family members) have an acre. They had somewhere around sixty cats as far as anyone knows. As for fowl, they are down to nine chickens, and 12 turkeys in a 60 sq foot area. And getting more! when they said that, I broke out in a bad case of chicken math... Until I remembered that I love my girls too much to cramp them like that. So I will only get ten more.
Can you imagine a chicken community? It would certainly keep the kids busy! Not to mention us! We would have more chicks than a hatchery! 8 hens would go missing, then turn up a few weeks later with 76 new chicks following them! Probably not a good idea. Tempting, though!