Nosy neighbors

bentonchicks

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 17, 2013
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So my family was given some baby chicks and ducks as an Easter gift. They were so cute and small...but that didn't last long. One week they were living the life of luxury in their spacious brooding house we built for them, then all of a sudden they needed even more room! (mainly the ducks) So, we added on to the brooding house giving them an extra room to hang out. This was only enough room for about another week though. Also, we give them time to freely roam around the backyard everyday. They are just now getting their feathers and starting to jump and flutter around.
After much research and price shopping, we decided to build our own chicken run and and attach it to the brooding house (which will become a nesting house). While we were in the backyard, chickens and duckies freely roaming about, and building the new run, my neighbor came over to fence to tell us that her friend wants to call the humane society on us because our chickens were in a "cage" when she looked into our backyard. What!!? Really? She said she works for a spay and neuter clinic, so I guess this makes her a backyard poultry expert and we are obviously not living up to her standards. Of course, we are the only people (that I know of) that have chickens in this neighborhood, so we have had a lot curious people stopping by to have a look and ask questions. This is just the first person I met that had a negative opinion about it. She said "don't they peck at your children? and won't your dog eat them?" I simply told her no, that they are nice pets and the kids love them and so does my dog. My dog has actually lived with chickens before, so she's used to them. Then I picked up one of the ducks so she could pet him, and she stepped back saying that she was scared he would peck her.
Who else has had a neighbor like this?? And how do you deal with it??
 

Blue

Songster
9 Years
Apr 6, 2010
912
22
171
Virginia
A run and coop setup is perfectly normal for keeping poultry and is recommended by most government agricultural organizations actually, so not much the humance society can do about that one. Honestly, I would just ignore a neighbor like that. As long as you're within your rights to keep poultry, you should be fine.
 

oldrooster

One Crazy Nut
9 Years
Feb 19, 2012
4,280
4,161
417
monroe county indiana
My Coop
My Coop
A run and coop setup is perfectly normal for keeping poultry and is recommended by most government agricultural organizations actually, so not much the humance society can do about that one. Honestly, I would just ignore a neighbor like that. As long as you're within your rights to keep poultry, you should be fine.

I live in the county but the county seat allows for chicken I think it's 5 hens, but after you ask for permission from the neighbors, pay a permit fee they REQUIRE an inspection of the coop/hen house before you can even get your birds, so I think your neighbor is just an ignorant know it all whom needs to see the doctor about her nose, it seems to be getting into every body else's buisness
 

smccuen

Songster
7 Years
Apr 26, 2012
1,913
77
181
Western NC
So my family was given some baby chicks and ducks as an Easter gift. They were so cute and small...but that didn't last long. One week they were living the life of luxury in their spacious brooding house we built for them, then all of a sudden they needed even more room! (mainly the ducks) So, we added on to the brooding house giving them an extra room to hang out. This was only enough room for about another week though. Also, we give them time to freely roam around the backyard everyday. They are just now getting their feathers and starting to jump and flutter around.
After much research and price shopping, we decided to build our own chicken run and and attach it to the brooding house (which will become a nesting house). While we were in the backyard, chickens and duckies freely roaming about, and building the new run, my neighbor came over to fence to tell us that her friend wants to call the humane society on us because our chickens were in a "cage" when she looked into our backyard. What!!? Really? She said she works for a spay and neuter clinic, so I guess this makes her a backyard poultry expert and we are obviously not living up to her standards. Of course, we are the only people (that I know of) that have chickens in this neighborhood, so we have had a lot curious people stopping by to have a look and ask questions. This is just the first person I met that had a negative opinion about it. She said "don't they peck at your children? and won't your dog eat them?" I simply told her no, that they are nice pets and the kids love them and so does my dog. My dog has actually lived with chickens before, so she's used to them. Then I picked up one of the ducks so she could pet him, and she stepped back saying that she was scared he would peck her.
Who else has had a neighbor like this?? And how do you deal with it??
I pretty much solved the problem I had by putting up a six foot panel fence a couple of years ago............
 

MaryMouse

Chirping
8 Years
Dec 21, 2011
139
6
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I am so blessed to live in a very rural area. I really dont have many neighbor problems, mostly everyone keeps to themselves, unless some one needs help, then everyone pitches in. My mother lives in town. Her story is a totally different one. Her one set of neighbors ( a couple in their golden years) actually took shifts watching the neighbors. They were armed with binoculars,and telescopes, etc. One night mom wasnt feeling well so she slept downstairs on her couch. She woke up around 4 am folded the throw blanket and went upstairs to bed. Well the next day they said something about the fact she didnt go to bed and even commented on how she folded her blanket at 4am before going up. Are you serious??? Really???

Then her and the other neighbor ladies swapped stories about this couple and their spy tatics. They asked one why she didnt brush her teeth at night before bed last night. (She installed a blind so they could no longer see into her bathroom.) They asked one about her late hour male house guest. (It was her brother from out of town) The stories go on and on. I really dont think I could take that.

If I was you, I would avoid these people. We had a guest that thought a putting our dog in a kennel was cruel. Uh no the door is open and she goes in herself, mostly durring thunderstorms cause she is scared of them. Its her security blanket, taking it away would be cruel. They have no clue. good fences make good neighbors. Good luck, and happy chicks!!
 

bentonchicks

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 17, 2013
11
0
24
Yeah, my husband and I started discussing the privacy fence idea yesterday.

@MaryMouse Yikes!! That's definitely a nosy neighbor problem! I couldn't take that either.
 

cassie

Crowing
12 Years
Mar 19, 2009
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3,625
461
Just a comment on a fence. One of the nicest ones I have ever seen was made of livestock panel that the people used as a trellis for climbing roses. It was beautiful and blocked the view. The only drawback was that it took a while for the roses to get established.
 

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