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What do you do when the neighbor's livestock become pests?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Flock Leader, May 24, 2016.

  1. Flock Leader

    Flock Leader Songster

    May 3, 2012
    Imagine you have a small flock of chickens you love and care for, and free-range in your yard.

    Imagine your neighbor has turkeys which they also free-range, but without providing adequate food, shelter or fencing, and one turkey hen daily finds her way to your yard, where she eats your chicken feed, poops on your front steps and pesters your chickens, pecking some to the point of bleeding and terrifying others.

    Imagine you had tried to talk, and reason, and coax, and you've never gotten any satisfactory reply or action from your neighbors, who seem bent on considering no one's convenience but their own.

    What would you do?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I'd be eating turkey and warning the neighbors about the coyotes that I saw.
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  3. Flock Leader

    Flock Leader Songster

    May 3, 2012
    Now here's what we actually did: we caught the turkey hen, put her in a cardboard box, drove some way off and released her in a park and took care not to be seen.

    Is it ridiculous to feel guilty about it?
  4. Sea2Ski

    Sea2Ski In the Brooder

    May 9, 2016
    Southeast PA
    It was affecting your property and flock.You have my support. For whatever that is worth....
    Some people you can not rationalize with, so you have to take things into your own hands.
    Now if it was just noise or they were making efforts to respect your reasonable wishes, that would be different.

    I am not sure they are going to be to happy though.
  5. Eggsoteric

    Eggsoteric Songster

    Nov 25, 2010
    Personally speaking, yes, I would feel quite guilty about doing something like that, especially with a domestic turkey. I don't know what your situation is, however, I'm fortunate in that I have the options of reporting to AC and/or trapping and taking strays to our local shelter.

    My thinking is, if one has a neighbor who, after you've discussed the problem with them time and time again and they don't hear you, the chances are good that they're going to continue to have selective hearing so, my choices are, a) I can take matters into my own hands (and by that I'll refer back to my first paragraph above) or b) in order to keep some semblance of peace and sanity of mind, I can do everything within my power to keep the offending animals off my property. I learned a long time ago that I cannot depend on others to do what is right and, if the efforts I put forth end up not working, then I'll go with a).

    Now, some will say "But, it's not 'your' responsibility to keep someone else's animals off your property." They would be correct, however, the word "responsible" doesn't seem to be a part of some folk's vocabulary and I sure can't blame the offending animal for their owner's shortcomings and, in the end, before I do go the step further, I can at least say I did everything I was able to protect what's mine.
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Not sure what implications it had on the turkey in question (none positive, i would imagine). The humans are responsible, not the animals themselves - now if you had blindfolded the neighbour and driven them out to a secluded place and left them - that would be fine.

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  7. Flock Leader

    Flock Leader Songster

    May 3, 2012
    Yes, I think so too. But we hope they never find out.

    Unfortunately law enforcement wouldn't pay much attention to a complaint like this in our area. Also, the family in question enjoys a high degree of popularity and self-confidence. They have very little consideration for people like us, who are newcomers with relatively few connections in the neighborhood.

  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    It would have been kinder to kill the thing and eat it, but she probably didn't last long anyway.

    As far as it not being my responsibility to keep someone else's animal off my property, I believe it is my responsibility. When I got chickens it became my responsibility to protect them. Should the neighbors be responsible for keeping their animals off my property? Of course they should! But if they don't, then I need to take care of things on my end.
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  9. Lelilamom

    Lelilamom Songster

    Feb 28, 2013
    I would have built a 4 X 4 X 8 moveable coop for the turkey. Kept it on my property. Fed and watered the turkey until it was fat. Then processed it and put it in the freezer.
  10. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    I would have already had a turkey for Thanksgiving in the freezer.

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