I should preface this story by saying that I live outside city limits, but not in a truly rural area. There's a highway 50 feet from our street. Our property lines are about the same width as in a suburb, just deeper. So we've lived in our current house for over 2 years. We've had minor issues with the neighbors geese and chickens. At one point, I had goose poop covering my front Welcome mat and a hen flew over the 6 foot fence that keeps our 3 trained bird dogs contained for potty breaks. The hen was lucky that I went out with them, called them off and was able to pick her off my bedroom window and out of danger. Now we have our own free range chickens in our backyard. They don't leave the property as far as I can tell. We're on 3/4 of an acre and I go out 3-4 times a day to clean the coop, give treats or just check on them. Now the geese are gone, but the neighbors chickens are scratching in front of my house several times a day. I don't really want them in a space where my chickens might be on occasion, if we leave our side fence open. But more importantly, I'm about to invest in landscaping and I don't want them scratching in freshly laid back dust. How do I approach them about the issue fairly?