In the Brooder
8 Years
Mar 6, 2011
We get along REALLY well with our neighbors. They are all related to one another and they are our only neighbors since we live in a woodsy area. We told the son and daughter in law about our chicks and their first reaction was "Carol (the mom) is going to flip out! She hates chickens!" Our yards are far apart and our ladies will be in a coop/run at all time unless they are in the garden with me. I'm not sure how to approach this. When the son/DIL came over to see our chicks they brought it up again. Saying that they don't want to get in the middle of it and they are afraid that this will start a war.

i REALLY don't understand! It makes no sense to me! That would be like them getting mad if we got a cat. My daughter loves the mom & dad and they are like second grandparents. I haven't been to visit them (we do on a weekly basis) because I don't want to tell them yet!

I need advice!
It's your yard. Get chickens.

Were you planning on getting a rooster, too? That's really the only thing I could see her getting annoyed over, especially since they will be enclosed most of the time.

Who could hate on chickens?
My sister hates chickens too, but that is because she had to tend them so much when she was a youngun on the farm. Perhaps there is some similar relationship?
FWIW, I wasn't too fond of them either when I had to tend the flock, but those were commercial layers, and the ones we have now are specialty breeds that we chose, not forced on us.
Mention the eggs to come:) My sister accepts eggs- just doesn't want to deal with chickens!
Why do you have to tell them? Just get the birds, do what you need to do, and see what happens. If you don't have a rooster, they shouldn't have any problem. It's not like you're going to let your chickens roam onto their property. If you feel the need to talk to them, then do it. It's much better to go straight to the source than go by what someone else tells you.
As long as you arentbrenting from them or there are no laws against you having the chickens the neighbor can be mad, but can't really do anything. This is so sad that neighbors think they have a right to control others actions on their own property.

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