We are city chicken owners. We have a double lot. We have the lot our house is in which has a 4 foot chain link fenced in back yard. The second lot is directly behind our backyard, connected by a gate doorway (can only access the 2nd yard by going thru our back yard connected to the house) and is also fenced in by 4 foot chain link. We have been struggling to keep our chickens in this bacl area, as they have found ways to sneak out. The past 3 months have been a trial and error process of blocking off more ways they have found to get out. Our house sits a good 40 feet off the sidewalk. Our chickens have decided they like our front porch and if they can find their secret way to get out, they go right up front to the porch and scrounge through the flower beds. This doesn't bother me at all...they aren't in danger, they have never gone near the road and I am not scared they would attempt to go near the road. They walk along the house and back around to the other side of the yard, which is still our property and no where near the sidewalk or road. With all that said...we have had numerous people make the 40 foot walk up into our yard to chase our chickens. Over and over...day after day...different people walking down the sidewalk see our chickens and then come into our yard to chase them...follow them...try to capture them...I have no idea what they are thinking or why they're doing it. I don't understand the concept myself. If I saw a cat on someone's porch, I would not assume it is okay or appropriate for me to enter their yard and go after it. Same goes for chickens. If I saw a chicken in someone's yard, minding its own business, near the house...I would not think to myself, "I think that is a wild chicken and it needs captured." I would not once consider trespassing into the yard to follow it...I would not ever decide it's appropriate for me to enter this property and try to catch it. Today I put a note on our door that reads: "Yes, they are our chickens. Yes, we know they get out sometimes. No, we don't need you to put them back. Please leave them alone for their safety." I have now added 3 more no trespassing signs to hidden areas in our yard that you can only see once you enter our yard and not from the road (we live in a snooty-ish neighborhood so we don't want them out for the world to see). Anyone else have any ideas on how to keep our chickens safe from the public? I suggested making a run but since we have a fourth of an acre fenced in, we'd really like them to be able to utilize the entire space. We love that they get to play outside in the grass and bushes all day. We continue to build up the chain link when we find areas they are using to get out, one area we thought we had blocked off but the weasles found a way out anyway so that is on the agenda for tonight.