Some background: Our neighbor has commercial chicken houses and raises beef cattle. He's helped by his son-in-law. This farm also used to have commercial chicken houses and had beef cattle. My SO's family stopped farming back when his father passed away 15 years ago. Since that time the pastures on this place have been leased to the neighbor for his cattle to graze on and he cuts hay off the meadows as well. This saves us the upkeep on the meadows and provides a nice check once a year. The neighbor is very nice, but his SIL is a bit of a snob. The neighbor started buying eggs from me about a month ago. He's now a regular customer and insists on paying me double. Other than that we don't have much contact with them. Last summer I saw the SIL up here with a backpack sprayer, but didn't think much about it at the time. I figured he was going up to spray down the weeds around the catch pen. A couple weeks later when the blackberries should have been getting ripe I went up to check them and found all the blackberry plants dead! He hadn't sprayed any other weeds, just the blackberry plants. I was madder than a wet hen and complained for weeks about it to my SO. My SO agreed with me that there really wasn't any reason for him to spray down the blackberries, but didn't bother to question the guy. I finally got over my mad when I found some blackberry plants in a secluded part of the farm behind the chicken coop. There's plenty enough there for our consumption. Now for the current issue: I go out this morning to find that the SIL is on a tractor in the meadows spraying some sort of weed killer. It smells horrible. It didn't bother me at first because he was on the far meadows, but then he came up closer to our house and sprayed the meadow right next to my chicken's range! My chickens graze on that meadow! I think it would have been only right for that man to come and let us know ahead of time that he was going to be spraying. I could have made arrangements to keep my chickens off that pasture for awhile. Now I find myself going outside every five minutes to call the chickens back towards the house. My SO says he understands about me worrying about my chickens, but doesn't see the harm in the spraying. He says they will probably be putting cows back on the meadows within a day or so and if it's okay for the cows it must be okay for my chickens. It's not suppose to rain for a week and I'm going to be worried about my chickens for at least that long. It's going to be awful hard on the chickens to be kept in their coop for a week. I'm just so mad! How hard would it have been for them to let us know a couple days in advance???? We plan on building a pen for those times when something comes up that the chickens can't free range, but money is tight right now and free ranging is working well for us. Rant over now.