Unwanted Visitors

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Teppler, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. Teppler

    Teppler Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay I have 6 hens that I keep fastened up and all has been well for a while until now, My neighbor, approx. 2 blocks away ,acquired chickens and now free ranges them, Several full grown roosters have started daily coming to my yard and strutting back and forth outside my run and crowing constantly. We live in the county so no rules to keep him from free ranging . I don't want to harm them so looking for a way to discourage them have chased them away but they persist in coming back, comments or suggestions...so far they have not tried to get inside run...
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Can you catch them?
     
  3. Teppler

    Teppler Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe but what if I could? then what?
     
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Good morning. I would set up a motion activated sprinkler. If the sound of it coming on doesn't get 'em, surely a nice spray to the face will. They sell the impact kind. Not sure if it is on a spike on the ground or on a base, but they hook to the end of a water hose. If you cant do a motion activated one, maybe just get a regular one and turn it off and on yourself as needed since you can see when the activity is taking place.

    I would think free ranging on their own property is one thing, but they are trespassing on your property and animal control SHOULD do something about it. Aside from that, there are usually noise ordinances no matter what time of day. I have to say, I would be quite frustrated if someone else's roos were harassing me everyday. Even though, I'm sure they just think your girls are beautiful and probably want a date!

    Good luck.
     
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  5. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    That is a really tough one IMO --

    One thing that you could possibly do is to talk to the owners. I know in TX we talked to a judge when a neighbor's mutt bull jumped the fence and tried to hang around with the registered stock that we had -- and he could have easily messed up a breeding program for high-dollar registered animals. The judge said that it was our responsibility to have fences that their bull couldn't penetrate. [​IMG] It wasn't their responsibility to keep their animal off our property. That being said -- I think that the laws in TX give you the right to protect your own livestock and yourself. --

    Barring doing harm to their rooster (they must not care too much for their stock if they expose them to coyote etc -- which is a factor of free-ranging )-- Maybe they have too many roos and they don't know what to do with the excess....so you are solving their problem for them. -- Lots of folks would say SSS -- and when you think of biosecurity, yes any stray is a threat to your animals -- you don't know what kind of care that they give their flock -- it could have a number of contageous chicken diseases. If I saw a stray on my property -- likely I would shoot it -- because of the simple factor of the diseases it could expose my flock to. I'm pretty serious about my chickens and not in the least casual.

    I have a live-trap that I set out just outside the pens for my chickens. -- When in the day I don't inhibit closure - occasionally one of my hens will wander in there and get herself trapped. If you have a live trap -- like hav-a-heart -- you could set the trap outside the pens where the rooster parades. -- At least once trapped he wouldn't do harm to your flock. It probably wouldn't stop the crowing if that bothers you....
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    Phone the neighbor to come and redeem their rooster -- maybe after awhile they will get tired of redeeming it? and prevent his straying. People who are irresponsible animal owners do give animals a bad name that the animal probably doesn't deserve as much as the owner does.

    Otherwise -- maybe fencing that would prevent him -- like an electric wire a foot off the ground -- (an expense for you due to their irresponsibility....
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  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    If you catch them, put them for free on craigslist. Lots of people like to eat chicken. Just a suggestion in response to that question.
     
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  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    ChicKat,

    Those are good points about disease and breeding stock. That's why I read forums, for continual learning.
     
  8. Teppler

    Teppler Out Of The Brooder

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    Good idea about Craigs List
     
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  9. Teppler

    Teppler Out Of The Brooder

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    I actually have one of those, I think it's called a rooster or something like that..will drag it out and try it, thanks
     
  10. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Since so many people have predator problems I would love to know how it works out if you don't mind updating us.
     
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