Post # 1
Anyone what department I need to call to complain about the loose chickens? I hate calling the town and them telling me I need to call public works etc.
The people next door have chickens (not really normal in my town) they dont have them in a coup or fenced in. they come into my yard ALL the time and poop and get my pup riled up. We have told them they need to do something and they said they would. They could easily go down to home depot and buy a fence for less than $50 to pen them up or just put on the property line. (we already have wood fence up in part of the yard from the prev owner b/c of their pool) I could also buy a fence but dont feel like I should have to because i am not the one with chickens.
Post # 3
I’d call animal control. I’m surprised they haven’t been eaten yet, if they don’t have a coop. Our chickens have a large fenced in coop/yard and they get harrassed by neighborhood dogs periodically. If they weren’t fenced in they’d be goners, haha.
Post # 4
This sounds very frustrating! I’m sorry I have no advice, and I’m not trying to make light of the situation, but I just wanted to tell you that the title of your post made me laugh out loud!
Post # 5
@hergreenapples: LOL, im glad it made you laugh. Honestly these people are a pain in the butt! We live on a main street and in our town you can only have 2 yard sales a year (you are supposed to get a permit from the town) but these people also make chairs & stuff and have yard sales EVERY WEEKEND I wouldnt mind so much but we live on a busy street and people park in my yard and I cant see to get out!
They also had chickens last year only 2 and they were always in the yard then pooping and what not but the 2 wasnt nearly as bad as the 10-15 they have this year! When we called they were like you didnt call last year! well ya you only had 2!
Post # 6
I agree with calling animal control. I’m all for raising chickens, but letting them on other people’s property is not cool at all. And while you don’t owe them anything, I would maybe let the neighbors know that you are fed up, and that if they don’t have them fenced, or in some other way prevent them from coming on to your property in the next 24-48 hours, you’ll call animal control. I’d say that you don’t want to be mean, but you have asked before and wanted to give them a warning before doing anything else. That might at least help to keep things courteous, if you are concerned about your relationship with your neighbors.
Post # 7
@mishelleez: Yes, it definitely gave me a good giggle! But seriously, that sounds brutal and gross. You would think they would at least have to have them fenced in, no?
If it were me (and it would drive me INSANE – as it is our neighbour’s barking dog drives me crazy!) I would call my city’s bylaw officer and have them come out and give them a citation.
Post # 8
I was going to say animal control too.
Sorry about the frustration. 🙁 Do you live outside city limits? I think it’s illegal in a lot of cities to have chickens.
Post # 9
Oh man, that would annoy the crap out of me! We get a lot of noise disturbances and the like here in NYC.. but chickens hasn’t happened, yet at least. I would call animal control. If nothing else, they should be able to direct you to the appropriate people to speak to about it. I imagine having chickens, especially not in a coop, might violate some town rules. They might get cited for that. I mean, don’t chickens and other farm animals carry disease too? Yikes.
Post # 10
Honestly I dont care if these people like us or not we dont plan on being in that house very long anyway 2 more years MAX. They also have dogs that bark ALL the time that they keep outside all day and randomly get loose and come over.
@ddw: We live in a town, even in the “big city” here you can have 5 chickens.
Thanks everyone I just freaked out to FH and he wants me to wait until Tuesday to call anmial control in hopes they were planning on putting up a fence over the long weekend.
Post # 11
Just an FYI, my IL’s have chickens (they live on 8 acres in the country though) and a normal fence will probably not keep the chickens in. Most chickens can fly and therefore need to be kept in a true chicken coop if you don’t want them to get out.
Sorry to tell ya, but I wouldn’t count on a fence to 100% fix your problems.
If you are allowed to have 5 chickens, why do they have 10-15?? Also, I would imagine there are rules about having chickens? Aka, keeping them on your own property?
Post # 12
@caszos: We live in a town right outside of the city, the city you can only have 5. I have no idea if our town has a limit on how many you can have. But we also live in a town that is pretty strict about things.
I think a fence would at least help a little bit. They just wonder over all the time and sometimes even into the people who just moved into the house on the other side of us! I really hope they dont think they are our chickens!
Post # 13
my aunt just had this problem last year. their neighbor had chickens, in a subdivision, not like a rural area, and they did not have them in a coop or fenced in and the chickens would run around their yard (my aunt’s) pooping everywhere, destroying plants, driving their dogs crazy,etc. My aunt called the cops and animal control. I don’t think they took the chickens but they made them create an enclosure for them and they’ve been back a few times to make sure they’re complying. good luck!
Post # 14
I would definitly call animal control. I had to call on our neighbors because they had a rooster! We live in a regular neighborhood where our back yad backs up to someone else’s backyard and we are relativly close to each other. We share a chainlink fence. But that stupid rooster would crow from 3 am til noon or later. They had it just running around the back yard. I called animal control, they went over the same day and told them it had to go. I felt bad, I don’t want to be the bad neighbor, but it had to go!
Post # 15
I would either call Animal Control or your city clerks office – they definitely should know. I know in Portland you can have up to 6 chickens – hens ONLY, no roosters. We’re thinking about getting a couple of chickens once we move into a house, and I know that there are also specific rules on chicken coops:
Chicken coops must be kept 20 feet from neighboring houses and at least 5 feet from the property line.
Chicken owners must provide proper pens that offer both sun and shade and keep out rodents and predators. The pens must be covered with aviary netting or a solid roof. Manure must be stored in a 20-gallon, covered container.
The chickens also have to be licensed. So, maybe your town has specific rules on the coops as well? Good luck!