Poll for the group. I asked about this neighbor once before, but things have gotten worse (for her chickens and quite likely for ours) since then.
Our neighbor, the one who had two roos taken Friday night by what now have been determined to be coyotes (seen on OUR property the next morning), has apparently gone away for the weekend and left her two outside chickens unattended. No food. No water. In a chain link dog fence for the hen, and in a small cat crate for the roo (he can't even lay down or stretch his wings). I brought her hen in last night because I was certain she'd be picked off otherwise--she perches on top of the chain link fence at night, but of course can't see, and I know my neighbor is too ill-informed to know this.
This morning as I returned the hen (having left the neighbor a note on her front door about what we learned about the coyote, and why I brought her hen in my garage overnight), I noticed the hen's pen had no water, and the roo had no food or water. I watered the roo through the crate, but he's been crated HIS WHOLE LIFE since a chick, and I have no idea what his mental state is, so I didn't feel comfortable reaching back to grab his bowl. Oh, and his crate is left in full sun all day. Every day.
I'm obviously bothered about all this for a multitude of reasons, but what I want to do when she gets back is talk her into signing over her remaining chickens to me in exchange for me not turning her in for animal neglect. (Her dog and cat are in the house, with her banty and possibly two other hens--if they didn't get eaten first.) I don't have a problem with her keeping them inside as long as they have food and water they can't knock over--the stink is her problem--but I don't think she is mentally "right" and shouldn't have chickens at all. Her dog and cats appear healthy. I've handled her dog and seen her cats from a few feet away. I don't know why she didn't put the crated roo inside the pen with the other hen, since the roos that picked on it are now dead, but in any case, she does not use food/water containers that are appropriate for chickens. They get knocked over all the time.
She assured me she was going to bring ALL of them inside Saturday when I told her about her roos being killed. She didn't. And she apparently left town with someone else and made no arrangements for their care, and there is no way she filled up the hen's water container (which is huge) because it was still upright and bone dry. It's an underbed storage box that did have a good bit of water in it a few days ago, but it's all since evaporated in the heat.
The owner is not an evil person, but she is one of the most braindead people I've ever met. She was also too cheap to get anyone to mow her 1 acre lawn until we and her other neighbor finally shamed her into it, and she has NEVER contracted for trash service, which is vital where we live. We have no tax-paid service, so trash just keeps piling up outside and I suspect inside her garage, since her car is never parked in there.
What would you do:
Call authorities (we now have an animal neglect statute here)
Try my plan to just get her to give me her remaining 4-5 chickens (which I will promptly rehome)--adding that she admitted to me that she cannot afford even a small coop.
In the meantime, what are some ways we can protect our birds from coyotes when they run out of her easy-grab McNuggets next door?
Wow, thats a lot. I'd try approaching her in a nice way to try to talk her out of the chickens. If she gives them up personally I'd still call the authorities. I clean hoarders houses and if it smells from the out side you know the inside is nasty. Thats not good for her, the cats, and the dog. sounds like she may need a bit of help. Thats one you have to approach gingerly. If you tell her your going to call she may get very nasty with you. Surgar v.s. vinegar