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What to do about Neighbors Chickens....(Updated pg5)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Teresaann24, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    So for the last 3 weeks my Neighbors chickens have been coming to my house.

    They sure are friendly chickens I adore them BUT the problem is.....

    They seem starved....I give them food but they almost attack me over it jumping up into my face while I am getting it out.

    They are so bad when I went out to clean out my brooder shavings they ate EVERYTHING Poo...extra food left inside and ALL the shavings. I mean ALLLL, They left nothing.

    They are free ranged chickens...So they couldnt be starving right???

    They even broke into my feed keeper and ate ATleast 25lbs of feed bewteen 4 chickens.

    IDK what breeds they are...There is 1 roo 2 adult hens and 1 maybe 12 week old pullet.

    What should I do? Should I speak to my Neighbor and ask if he is feeding them? Should I ask him to keep them off my property??

    I don't wanna be mean and do not care to throw them out feed while I feed my chickens but it is becoming more of a bother then just being giving to these chickens.

    What should I do?
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2009

  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Most definitely speak to your neighbor. That is not normal behavoir. We have run out of feed for a couple days and fed them treats only, til we had the money and they didn't act like that. Those are some very hungry neglected birds. Aw, poor things!

    On another hand, would you mind keeping them? Maybe offer to take them off your neighbors hands if you don't mind. I just feel for the birds. The are clearly starving.
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    That doesn't sound like typical chicken behavior to me. Most chickens stay closer to their home. How far away is this neighbor's coop? That doesn't sound like a normal amount of feed for that number of chickens to consume. Could they have worms that are making them extra hungry? I wouldn't want to encourage them to hang around my own flock, I'd be afraid my birds would catch something from these others.
  4. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I guess i will have to speak to my Neighbor. Oh his coop is WAY far away from my home..Maybe a mile or so.

    I knew they had to be starving because none of my chickens act like that at feeding time.

    I feel bad for them...because I hate to say this but I think he may fight the roo???

    I'v seen people bring roos in...and leave without them but never see any other roos on the property I have seen atleast 10 different roos come and go.

    The roo now has NO tail feathers....

    I notice the guy isn't friendly it is why I have held off from talking to him sooner. He never waves when he passes by my home.

    That was my first mistake was feeding them because they came back.

    I fear that alot that they may bring something into my flock.

    They don't seem to be thin..or sick??

    But the Behavior speaks Volumes. I have thought of taking pictures of them but anytime I carry something in my hand they think its food.

    I tried shewing them off...DIDNT WORK AT ALL!! I guess I am gonna have to break in and talk to this guy to resolve this problem.

    Wish me luck!
  5. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Quote:I will most deff ask if he wants to get rid of them if he cannot care for them properly. I don't think I could keep them but I know 100% I could find them a better home.

    Another thing about him that ruffles me is he has a CHICKEN eating dog. Has killed 2 of my birds before and he allows this beast to chase and kill his chickens. I GET SO HEATED!!!
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Man I guess I am so lucky - everyone around here keeps there birds cooped..... No issues at all!
  7. Personally, from what you have said, it sounds like your neighbor is not a rational guy. So having a friendly conversation with him about caring for his birds properly will probably not go over well. Were it me, i would just quietly take the chickens somewhere and find them a new home.

  8. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Quote:yup. What they said. X2 or, the next time they come around try to get them in a contained area (preferably one you can keep them in for a quarantine time), then feed & care for them & don't mention them to your neighbor. They deserve better than he's giving them. Bless you for caring about them.
  9. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    maybe you neighbor thinks if they free range they dont have to be fed by him thats really what it sounds like to me and position is 9/10ths of the law so they seem more like your chickens then his so keep em if they come over unless you dont want to thenyou could file a complaint on him good luck
  10. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Well I think they have found a new home...put them in a safe isolated place for a quarantine period, feed em, love em and keep em...to heck with the follish neighbor.

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