Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 2DogsFarm, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    I've been letting my little Flock of 7 freerange for the last year.
    I'm at work from 8A until 5P and they were always on the property when I get home.
    In fact, all come running to see what I may have brought for them.
    No problems until now.

    This morning my across-the-road neighbor's husband rang my bell at 7A, catching me in my Post-barnchore attire - very fetching [​IMG], hair looking like I combed it with the muckrake...

    Seems my girls & their teen rooster leader have been crossing the road (Why? You ask...) and scratching up the neighbors' pricy landscaping.

    I apologized both for their trespass & for the way I looked.
    Then tossed on a coat & boots to round up the "volunteer gardeners" & confine them to their fenced yard.
    It is a generous space - approx 25X15 - for the 7 of them & even has some greenery bravely attempting to regrow there.

    I assume I can expect some Chicken Wrath for depriving them of their playground.
    Any ideas for persuading chickens crossing a road is NOT such a great plan?

    After I got cleaned up for work I stopped by & gave the wife 1/2 dozen eggs along with the offer of some composted chicken poop for her garden.
  2. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    You are a good neighbor.. [​IMG]
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    If they've discovered goodies over there, I'm thinking you'll just have to keep them fenced in. They're determined little critters! Maybe you can devise a tractor to move them around out of the run?
  4. Eireitalia

    Eireitalia Hatching

    Jun 10, 2010
    Oh, I am having the same problem! Apparently our five acres of grassy yard and shaded woods aren't good enough -- they are free ranging across the road for greener pastures. So far, no complaints form the neighbors but I don't want to cause a problem. Wish the silly girls would stay on their own terf.

    Good luck with yours!

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