First some background: I have a good relationship with the neighbors on either side of me, and one behind. I have not met the other neighbor, who is the focus of this post. We have a 6 ft wood fence between us, which I own. They have junk trees growing 2" from the fence, which have pushed my fence two feet into my property. They have two pit-bulls that seem nice enough, but that sometimes jump against the fence, cracking or snapping the pickets. I have a swingset and small wood pile on this side of the fence. Sometimes, my four chickens jump on the swingset, then on the fence, to sit in the shade of the tree in the afternoon. Yesterday, the owner visited me and asked quite politely if I would put barbed wire on the fence to stop the chickens sitting there as it was upsetting her dogs, and she didn't like the idea of her dogs killing a chicken. I explained that while I care for my chickens, if one is stupid enough to get itself killed by her dogs, I would not feel too great a sense of loss - not so much that I felt it was worth rebuilding the fence. Further, it is hard to rebuild the fence with their trees forcing it over anyway. I also said that barbwire would not dissuade the chickens, and could hurt them, or her dogs, or her children, and could make me liable. She countered that I must put barb wire on my fence, or else. Further, if her dogs broke into my yard and harmed my chickens, she would hold me responsible. I can see her point of view, but if my chickens are standing on my fence, that is my business. I am allowed ten chickens, and have eight. I observe all laws and ordinances. I said I would think about it, and visit her one evening soon to see if we could reach a compromise. So, I turn to you, my fellow forumies (!) for advice on how to defuse this situation favorably, and also for any insights into where I might stand legally. My jurisdiction is Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas. What should I do?