My Neighbor’s Chickens Are on My Property Every Day! What Should I Do?

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My Neighbor’s Chickens Are on My Property All the Time—Should I Start Prepping for a Barbecue?

Your neighbor’s chickens may be nothing but a nuisance that invades your property and disturbs your peace. Have your neighbor’s chickens claimed your yard as their own? DoNotPay can help you find a solution to your problem!

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How To Keep Neighbor’s Chickens Out of My Yard?

If you keep finding your neighbor’s chickens on your property, here are a few ways to get rid of them:

Ways To Get Rid of ChickensBrief Description
Spray the chickens with waterChickens are scared of water. Spray them lightly or install motion-sensitive lawn sprinklers. Soon, the chickens will start associating your yard with water sprays and stop coming over
Sprinkle spices in your yardChickens detest spices such as salt, garlic, paprika, cinnamon, and black pepper. Spray them around your garden
Throw citrus peelsChickens, like cats, hate the smell of citrus fruits. Throw some lemon or orange peels in your yard to prevent all unwanted animals from roaming around
Plant some herbsSome herbs, such as mint, thyme, oregano, lavender, marjoram, and chamomile, have odors that are unappealing to chickens. Consider planting them! Chickens like walking on the bare ground, so if you plant lots of vegetables, flowers, and herbs, you will stop them from invading your yard
Install fencesInstall wire fencing to prevent chickens from coming over
Get a dog (or a cat)Chickens are usually scared of both dogs and cats, so you may want to consider getting a new pet

It might seem tempting to do so, but it is not legal to kill a chicken even if it is invading your property. Your neighbor can report you to the authorities for animal cruelty.

Explain the Issue to Your Neighbor

If taking preventative actions doesn’t work, go over to your neighbor’s house to explain your issue. Even if the chickens have ripped apart all your plants, make sure to remain composed. Anger and aggression will only worsen the matter.

Here is what you should do:

  • Go over to their house with wings and drumsticks to show how much you like eating chicken
  • Explain how their chickens are frequently roaming around your property, creating a mess
  • Describe how their noise is a disturbance, especially if they come over when you are asleep
  • Offer possible solutions to the problem, such as keeping the chickens inside a cage or putting up protective fencing

If you own a furry pet, such as a cat or a dog, you may want to add that the chickens are in danger of getting hurt by them.

Send a Demand Letter

Have you woken up to yet another rooster call coming straight from your yard? It may time to escalate the issue. Write a demand letter and send it as a final warning to your neighbor. Inform them of the nuisance their chickens are causing, and mention the possible financial and legal consequences they may face if they refuse to cooperate.

A well-drafted demand letter should contain the following information:

  1. Arbitration notice
  2. Documented evidence of the complaint
  3. Demands of financial compensation for the damage the chickens have incurred

Every state has different animal regulations. Check your state laws to see what they say about keeping poultry. If your neighbor is violating animal regulations, you should mention that in the demand letter and let them know you will file a complaint if they don’t respond.

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Here are the instructions you need to follow:

  1. Select the Neighbor Complaints tool
  2. Specify the problem you are having
  3. Provide more details to personalize the letter

We will prepare the letter and send it to your neighbor. This should be enough to convince them to take appropriate action and respond to your request.

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