Oh my am I angry.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BigDaddy'sGurl, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC

    I think my next-door neighbors just came over here and opened my chicken coop door! They have never actually confronted us directly about their dislike of our chickens, but have voiced complaints to other neighbors about them. They live directly behind us, and a few days ago I came home to my chickens loose but just thought my DH had not latched the gate securely.

    Then, about 10 minutes ago I heard our dogs barking a lot and on a whim I went to see what the matter was and found that the chickens were roaming in the yard in the dark (their coop is lighted so they could see) and they had literally JUST gotten out as a couple were just then coming out too... and the neighbors had just turned on their lights and just gotten home about the time we heard the dogs start up...we heard their car door just prior to going outside. I am [​IMG]

    They were probably thinking that if the chickens were let loose that either the dogs or other predators would get them. I know for a fact that the coop gate latch was secure because I was the last one out there and made a point to double check it after the weird incident the other day when I thought DH left it unsecured. I put a temporary fix on it tonight with a dog collar tightened down to keep the door closed with a second "security" measure and will be investing in padlocks tomorrow...but now my DH has me worried that the neighbors may try poison if they can't let them loose to be destroyed by predators. I think I may have to save some money for game cams... but with Christmas coming, I can't just throw that money around for my chickens... [​IMG]

    I don't know what to think. Maybe it wasn't my neighbors, but what else could it have been?? The dogs weren't doing their "predatory animal" bark, it was the "weird person" bark, if that makes sense...there is a difference in the intensity with my dogs...

    I am feeling really paranoid now.
  2. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    put a lock on the coop!
  3. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    If they harm your chickens you have the legal right to sue the people that are trying to put your birds in harms way.
  4. vebyrd36

    vebyrd36 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2010
    New Ringgold Pa
    Quote:Game camera is what I us. It works well.
  5. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    I had a problem with a chicken thief slowly stealing my flock last year, and I invested in THESE. They have blinking lights and a motion detector and work like a charm, I installed a few around the house and one ON the coop and aimed AT the coop.
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    and a fence!
  7. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    I would go with a combination lock. Are they that bad that you think they would stoop to poison?
  8. Firefighter Chick

    Firefighter Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2011
    Southeast Minnesota
    Quote:Agreed! Also add a nice little memo on the door.
  9. melodie_a

    melodie_a Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2010
    Sanford, NC
    If you can't afford the game cams right now maybe you could just start spreading a rumor that you have had some weird things happening and you are installing some cameras hoping to catch what is happening on camera.

    Make the rumor-mill work for you. You could even put up a suspicious looking box up high where they couldn't get to it to look like it was protecting a camera.

    I hope you get it resolved. That is just a crappy thing to do to someone's pets. [​IMG]
  10. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    Yeah but what's to stop someone really annoyed with them from putting something poisonous through the wire??? [​IMG]

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