Help, the nicest neighbors in the world are feeding my chickens...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicamama, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. chicamama

    chicamama Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Topanga Ca
    and now, the hens (6 months) have started to take up residence on their patio! Ok, I love my neighbors and they love my ladies, but I think my girls love their food scraps more then their chcicken food? They are hanging out a bit too much on their property next door. They (the neighbors) don't mind, but the problem is getting them locked up at night. We have coyotes who will track them down at night if I don;t lock them in the coop. So, will telling my neighbors not to feed them help? Should I take away their feeding tray and hand feed them (spread the feed out) in the am and pm (no free feed all day?). Will that help getting them home? Need suggestions?? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2008
  2. I would tell the neighbors, that you appreciate them feeding the chickens, but it needs to stop for a while, because it is making it really hard to lock them up at night, and if you dont, something will get them.
  3. masschix

    masschix Songster

    Apr 28, 2008
    Central Massachusetts
    Honestly, you should ask your neighbor to walk them over every night with a handful of scraps. Maybe after a few nights of it, they may decide that they don't like putting them to bed and will hopefully stop feeding them so much. You have a tough situation....on one hand you have wonderful neighbors who have accepted your chickens, but on the other hand you have over caring neighbors taking over your chickens. Good luck! Hopefully someone else will have better advice for you!!!!!
  4. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Sounds like your neighbors enjoy chickens.

    Have a friendly chat with them and invite them over to have fun with the chickens in your yard.
  5. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Good fences make for good neighbors......

    jes sayin......

  6. chicamama

    chicamama Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Topanga Ca
    Quote:No fences to prevent chciken infilteration. [​IMG]

    also, I would hate to keep them locked up 24/7

    Going have a talk.
  7. flock-mama

    flock-mama Songster

    May 30, 2008
    Bayfield colorado
    It sounds like the neighbor needs her own chickens! Although that may not keep your chickens home. It is very nice to have a neighbor who likes them, but I would be upset if "my girls" didn't come home too. Good luck to you. [​IMG]
  8. paul65

    paul65 In the Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    SW Pennsylvania
    Maybe try telling the neighbors not to feed them after say 3 or 4 in the afternoon if there's no food they will get bord and come home if that don't work fence them in.
  9. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Yep - I was going to say the same thing - ask they not give any treats at least a few hours before sundown. that way you can bribe them back home with some other treats when it's time for bed.
  10. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Songster

    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
    First of all you just explain that if you dont get them up at night they will not be there for breakfast. They will understand. Let the neighbors help you get them up a few nights. I have one neighbor thats like you have one of the best people on earth.[​IMG] Then I have.....(i am not going to waste my time describing them):thun Keep these nice neighbors whatever you do. You might want to give them a few chicks later.

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