- Jul 26, 2016
I have a question about our neighbors. We live "in the country", a bit under an acre of land, bordering to woods, neighbors on both side. This is our second year with chickens. We have 6 ladies who have a fenced in run with a coop but are also free range for part of the day. before we got them we had talked to both neighbor about the free ranging part because that would mean they would come into their yards most likely and they were okay with it, even liked knowing bugs will get eaten. The ladies have stayed pretty close though and even though they wander occasionally they don't go over a lot. Just today though our one neighbor (and we have had other issues with them) came and asked if he can shoot the chickens with a bb gun to keep them off his patio where they've been pooping! We suggested to use a spray bottle or hose and he said he doesn't have the time to sit around with a spray bottle to wait for the chickens (but apparently he has time to sit around with a bb gun?). We have been using water to keep them off of our porch and they have actually learned quite well. The occasional poop we let dry and sweep off or wash it off, just like we do with regular bird poop of the wild birds (which they have in their yard, too, by the way). He said he doesn't have time for that and we get eggs out of it at least (which we have offered them eggs numerous time but they declined due to getting them from other friends). So, after a year of the chickens being fine with occasionally going onto their patio and their yard it is now a problem. For now we will leave the chickens in their run I guess or only out when we can supervise and we will see what else we can do because we do love to have them free range. Any other suggestions of how to "train" them to stay in our yard (other than a fence which would cost us way too much) or keeping them confined?