Nah we'll just feed him Spamalot.Janner 007 wrote:Ah, the killer rabbit of Caerbannog. May be your cat needs the The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.
I joined this forum to say that you are totally wrong.Trog wrote:My neighbour has chickens, they are no trouble at all, make very little noise and are entertaining to watch.spidergirl wrote:my neighbour has chickens and they are nothing but a nuisence. They crow all day and yes they do attract rats.
My neighbour also keeps chickens (hens) and one of them crows from sun-rise to sun-set, probably because it is not looked after properly. I am currently talking to the council and unless it stops they will be subject to a noise abatement notice. This prevents any bird sound from the property. If they breach this they will end up in court and risk loosing their birds. Why have we (all of my neighbours) done this? Because it is loud enough to be heard through double-glazing at 6:30am on a Sunday.
Most - in fact possibly all - people who use this forum will be doing things the correct way but be warned that, if you live in a house with a very small garden surrounded on all sides in a densely populated residential area and your birds make a lot of noise then there are steps people will take against you that might see you in court.
It's antisocial of your neighbours to have a cockerel if his noise is disturbing you all and you will probably be able to make the neighbour get rid of him. It shouldn't need to go as far as court - the local authority can enforce an order.
I doubt that you will be able to force him to get rid of the chickens because they are not noisy. They do make a couple of minutes' noise when they lay an egg but, other than that, they are very quiet.
I used to keep goats (for milk, although we did eat one). Our pet rabbit used to sleep in a carboard box in the goat shed. One day, my daughter went into the shed, reached into the box to stroke the rabbit. It felt strange, so she looked into the box, found she was stroking a rat, who was snuggled up to the rabbit. The rat didn't seem to be bothered by being stroked.
My neighbours kept a rabbit in a hutch. One day they found their German Shepherd had got into the hutch, and was kipping in the straw ...... with the rabbit kipping on top of him. They never bothered closing the hutch after that.
Well, you have a choice to make, really.markmo wrote:I have 8 hens just coming up 8 month I HAVE noticed one is picking on the others and pecking the back of there heads which are starting to show bald patches is there anything I can do to prevent this
You can have 7 bald hens, or one Sunday roast.
Up to you.
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span wrote:Well, you have a choice to make, really.
You can have 7 bald hens, or one Sunday roast.
Mmmmmm bbq chicken, no choice really.
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Sorry to hear your chickens are not getting along too well but unfortunately it's quite natural.
Chickens have strong 'pecking order' instincts. Identify the bird who is instigating the bullying (which you seem to have done) and isolate her from the flock for a few days.
Alternatively you could get some nasty tasting concoction such as pine tar to put on the receiving hens necks. Ask in your local agricultural stockists for anti-peck.
Gentian Violet is always handy around the home (some of us might remember having our heads painted with it for lice ) this is a good antiseptic and disguises any blood that bullying birds are attracted to.
Last resort is de-beaking, which I personaly don't think works very well,........... or the pot!
The top of our neighbour's garden is immediately outside our backdoor our the path that leads from the garage past the back door and on to the back garden. This neighbour keeps chickens and had previously built a run about 3 m back from the fence outside our backdoor. In a hot summer the smell from the chickens can be quite offensive but we could just about tolerate it (and the rats). However, this morning the neighbour has just extended the run right up to the fence and we are worried that in hot weather the smell could become intolerable.
I had heard that there was legislation banning chicken runs from being within a certain distance of another premise and wondered if this is true or if not then what rights we have to request that the run be moved further down the garden towards their house. In the past I have mentioned the problem of rats to this neighbour but he simply said that was a consequence of living in the countryside (not that we are actually in the country side but we are on the outskirts of a large town) and was unwilling to do anything to remove the rubbish pit/compost box (on to which the chicken waste was being put), which seemed to be attracting them.
Any help much appreciated and here'shoping we don't have a scorcher this year
May be my rats prefer the chickens. They eat them when they get the chance. Watch out for Owls. Foxes..they just bite the headchrisevans1001 wrote:Chickens don't attract rats... the food attracts the rats if it's badly managed. Making it difficult for rats to get to is the answer.
Hens (what most people keep) do not crow all day, in fact, make very little noise at all.
Cockerels (which most people don't keep) do crow often during the day & early mornings.
off the hens, messy. Rgds uheap