Hi all. I don't raise birds (maybe one day, though!) but was hoping for some help and opinions, please! I live in the big city and have a neighbor on the corner with a rooster that roams free. They live in a small trailer with no real yard or anywhere to keep it. There are at least two little boys that come and pick it up and it seems very "tame", but as I understand they are never totally free of aggression. I am not aware of them having any chickens or anything.
I like it but it comes up on our porch to eat the cat food and having it around makes me feel nervous, especially with my small child. It started scaring the cats at feeding time. We can't put out cat food on the porch anymore. It runs all around the house crowing, etc and likes to hang out near my truck. It seems maybe they are letting it run around to eat stuff so they don't have to feed it. I have a small child who doesn't know to fear it and tries to run right up to it, so I have to carry her outside when it's near. It's not fair she can't safely walk around and play outside. It's starting to get more and more curious/territorial around our place and comes up to me and makes me feel uncomfortable. It's not overtly aggressive but it does fluff/flap its wings sometimes and that kind of thing and just follows and gets close to us.
They have been asked by my neighbor not to let the rooster come on the porch but either didn't understand (kids/Spanish speaking household) or don't care.
Is there anything I can do or any compromise that can be reached that doesn't involve the boys losing what seems almost like their pet or calling down the law on them? I just don't have the heart and wish they could keep it somehow. I read spraying with water might work and I think I'll try it. Or will that just piss it off? Are there humane options to contain it we could ask them to do (i.e. tie it out)? Hope you don't mind me asking here.
Edited by ADoodle - 9/3/12 at 6:54pm