Neighbors Rant

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by KinderKorner, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. KinderKorner

    KinderKorner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    This is going to be long.

    Well we actually don't have any neighbors touching our land. We are surrounded by park on two sides, and then have crop fields on the other two. But just little ways down the street we have neighbors. We used to have lovely neighbors, but about 2 years ago they moved away. Their house sold about a year ago and a new family moved in. They are extremely nice, they said they were moving into the country cause they always wanted to get some animals. That was cool, we were excited to have others around that were interested in goats and chickens like us. It's a mom, dad, and their two grown boys.

    Well... Then it started. We noticed at first that they had a pair of mini pinchers and a pair of poms which we quickly found out that they bred and sold. Well whatever people can breed dogs if they want.

    Then the chickens started coming in. And more chickens, and then goats, and more goats, then more dogs, ducks, geese, turkeys, and cats. o_O

    We have a hobby farm with quite a few animals so it didn't bother us. But we were a little worried since they knew nothing about animals and they sure got into a lot of different kinds so quickly.

    A year later, they now have probably over 100 goats, 200 or 300 chickens, dozens of ducks and geese. They also have bought pairs of Aussie's and Prynese. This is all on 5 acres of land, which 3 of is a useless pond. So 2 acres...

    They have no clue what they are doing, or how to care for anything well. They lose animals all the time and then just get more

    We found out they came into a large inheritance.

    About a month ago they bought a herd of Dexter cows. 5 of them. They bought 6 but on the way home one escaped and fell onto the interstate and the vet had to shoot it. o_O

    They tell us they are getting a herd of alpacas in the next month or so.

    When is it going to end!?

    Today we got a frantic call. The family is in Iowa buying two more pry puppies. [​IMG] One of their goats had triplets last night and the mama wont feed them. He doesn't know what to do. So I got up early this morning milked a cranky goat and fed little babies. Well we hadn't been there in a few months and me and my mothers eyes just about bugged out when we got there.

    They have more than a dozen pens everywhere! They are like those chainlink dog pens, all over the place. With 6 goats here, 50 chickens here, 4 more goats, 3 dogs. It's just a mess. Nothing is done nicely though. It looks like hillbilly farm.

    It's on a pretty major highway just like 50 or 100 feet off the road. Everyone can see the mess. They have already had the cops called cause their grass was like 2 feet high. It's looks awful.

    But I really don't mind the mess so much. What I worry about is the animals. They have no clue what they are doing. They are giving them food and water but they just don't know. [​IMG] They are giving their goats corn which causes urinary problems, which is probably why a couple of their bucks died. They have metal panels leaning against the barn which a goat knocked over 3 times while we were there and got squished. If it was any smaller of a goat it would have killed it. They don't know anything about shots, or milking. They don't even know what kind of chickens and goats they have. They are just mass breeding them and selling them to other people.

    I tried to mention little things like proper care, but I just don't what to do about it.

    The animals aren't skinny. But they aren't getting the care they need either. But I can't call animal control just on stupidity, they have to be neglected which they aren't.

    It's just crazyness.

    Oh and back to the goats today. The son informs us he is leaving today at 2 and won't be back till tomorrow night. They figured the animals would be okay....

    So guess what I'm doing tonight.

    Taking his new triplets home and milking my goats and bottle feeding his babies over night. Cause I can't just let them die. [​IMG]

    This is what I feel like doing right now. [​IMG]

    Anyone else have neighbors like this? Anyone have ideas on what I can do?

    I can't even describe it. It's insane over there. I really wish I could get some pictures.... [​IMG]

    Maybe I'll bring my phone with me next time, and pretend to be texting.
     
  2. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish you had pictures. I'm sorry but that made me laugh pretty hard. It's not funny that you have to give your time for their ignorance but I think you nailed it when you said a hillbilly farm. Seems like a family that doesn't understand the concept of putting their pants on one leg at a time. It's a little concerning hearing about the set up but you say the animals aren't neglected so that's good. It's hard to bring up the animals, almost like telling someone else how to parent, but it seems the animals could be so much happier with a little bit of renovation.
     
  3. SierraView

    SierraView Chillin' With My Peeps

    They sound like animal hoarders. You might be able to report them, sounds like they have to many animals for the amount of land. And you might need a special license or permit to keep that many dogs. I would make a anonymous report and let officials judge their situation. [​IMG]
     
  4. KinderKorner

    KinderKorner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Hillbilly farm can't even begin to cover it. I'm not kidding. It's makes you go wow. [​IMG]

    They are so nice, and they mean no harm. I really just can't bring myself to call the government unless they are really harming the animals. Which you can tell they like them.

    My pet pig runs away and visits the neighbors from time to time. And I know I wouldn't want someone calling animal control on me for the way I raise my own animals. [​IMG]
     
  5. CORNISH_MAN

    CORNISH_MAN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Im with you dont call on them. Like you said the animals are being fed and the people mean no harm.
     
  6. 6chickens in St. Charles

    6chickens in St. Charles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Im with you dont call on them. Like you said the animals are being fed and the people mean no harm.

    Somebody just emailed me this: http://www.flickspire.com/m/guidance/FailToSucceed#.Tjvx4k9KRrQ.mailto

    It
    is a short (3minutes?) but timely reminder about how famous people try, and fail, and succeed at life, using famous examples of people who SERIOUSLY messed up earlier, then became excellent at what they do (Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, Abraham Lincoln etc)

    I'm with the "help them, mentor them" mindset. Every time I got good at something it was with the help of a mentor.
     
  7. Sword

    Sword Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does your library have any of the "Storey's Guide To..." series that they could borrow and read?
     
  8. umanduhbree

    umanduhbree Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh wow, this sounds like a nightmare situation, though I did get a good laugh out of trying to imagine all those animals on 2 acres, as that's what I have and I only have 30 chickens roaming around. But now that i know I can fit all of those animals on my property, I think it's time for a couple goats [​IMG]. The only thing that can think of is keep an eye on how many animals they lose and the age and condition of the animals, if you can. Because if there is some underlying health problems that aren't being addressed and it leeds to premature death or declining health then you have every right to call the county on them for neglect even if it just means they get a slap on the wrist, but the animals would get treated. I hope things improve for those animals down the road.
     
  9. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    NIce of you to save to little goats.

    Check with your state farm guidelines. At least in Michigan their is laws on how many animals can get raised in X amount of space.

    [​IMG] I would like to see pictures. [​IMG]

    How far away are they?
     
  10. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    So apparently they don't know that there is a suggested amount of land per animal. It def sounds like they have way more animals than their land will support... You say they are nice, I wonder if they would take some constructive critizism from you.....
     

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