So a few houses from me down, a woman lives with her nearly teenage son with special needs. I know how hard it must be for her to raise a child alone who has severe needs and she tries to find things for him to do. She came over once while my son and I were playing in his sand box outside, and she wanted to know how old he was. He is much, much, younger than her child, really still a baby. The woman's son is in his early teens, I'd estimate. Well, he seems to like animals, so she has him go over to my next door neighbors house all the time to let the dog out and care for the dog. From what I've seen, he isn't always gentle with the dog, and unfortunately, they seem to constantly be at my neighbors house, kind of helping themselves to her space and belongings when they're over there. My neighbors house is pretty close to mine, so the woman has seen me several times. Over the summer, whenever I tried to work in my garden, she would try to come over to my side too. Well, about a week ago she was at my neighbors house and one of my hens ran under a bush in my garden and when I went to get her out the woman saw me, and came over with her son and he wanted very badly to pet my chickens. I told them the truth, which was that my inlaws were visiting and I really needed to just get the bird back in her pen and go host my guests. The boy kept grabbing at me, trying to talk to me, and I felt very uncomfortable because I was alone without my husband. The woman said she wanted me to show the chickens to her son sometime, and I said as long as we are home at the time, and we went on our ways. I was out tonight giving bread to my birds and I heard someone shout "helloooo!" At me, but it was dark, so I couldn't see who it was. Sure enough, the lady is at my neighbors house now with her son, but I went inside because I needed to get my own son ready for bed. I do feel for this lady and her son, but my hens are a sort of livelihood and they really aren't pets that kids can play with. Besides, I'm not sure they would be respectful of my property from how I've seen them treaty my neighbors house. How is the polite way to keep neighbors in their own yards? Any similar issues out there?