So the whole scene with the story of our "dead" locust tree has gone dormant. But my neighbor has yet to speak to me, geez who was the one that disregarded an agreement between neighbors. Anyway.... https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=180327 and here is my "dead tree" Yes, there are weaknesses about the health of branches, but it certainly is not dead. The hummingbirds and orioles are thriving in it. I am glad I saved it. Maybe it will stand for another 50-100 years?