My neighbor has a boatload of chickens. Some are free range, right in my yard. I found two areas where the girls have nested. Would it be proper to collect the eggs and hatch them? I'mcurrently building a tractor so I have time.
I would take them and hatch them, they are going to go to waste anyways. But if you are on good terms with your neighbors you might offer them a chick or two. It will just depend on what kind of neighbor they are. I have one that would be ok with that, and one that wouldn't.
Or you just hatch them and keep quiet. Sorta like the apple tree hanging over the fence. You can take the apples and share a pie, or not, it is up to you.
Since you allow your neighbours chickens to roam around your place you seem to be on good terms with your neighbour. Ask them about you keeping any eggs you find at your place....
If you hatch some of those eggs they would be the same breed or mixture that the neighbour has so it would be hard to hide that from them.You said you're making a tractor - do you have chickens of your own already?