• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

My chickens got busted

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • My chickens got busted

    Doorbell rang at 7A this morning.
    Neighbor's husband caught me at my most Post-barnchore loveliness (barefoot, feelthy sweats, hair looking like I used the muckfork to comb it...).
    He came to tell me my girls had wandered across the road to scratch up his pricy landscaping.

    Why do the chickens cross the road?

    He was very nice about it, but wife is the one person who objected at my zoning hearing (7 years ago, but still...). She asked about something another attendee had asked & Board Chairman basically told her to sit down & listen. I have never officially met her, he waves when we are both out mowing.
    FWIW: she is a horseperson, had an ancient mare she drove (lovely wagon still in their garage) and an old gelding I haven't seen this year so may have not made it through Winter.

    So after I rounded up the "Volunteer gardeners" & locked them in their fenced yard, I got cleaned up for work & stopped at their place.
    Wife answered the bell - I apologized again and gave her 1/2 doz eggs plus the offer of composted chicken poop for her garden.
    She was nice about it, so bullet dodged.

    Does anyone here have any idea how to discourage chickens from crossing a road?
    Not only do I not want them annoying the neighbors, but it's a fairly busy road & I don't want smooshed chickens either.
    The fenced yard is sufficent, but I fully expect some Chicken Wrath tonight when I get home & they tell me all about how UNFAIR it is they were not free to wander...
    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

  • #2
    sorry

    I don't have any good suggestions for you. Unless one of the electric fence deals, more like a net, would work. Don't know how large of a space you have to block off. I've had too much trouble with hawks and I unfortunately am going to have to pen my chickies up. I really liked free-ranging them but....

    Comment


    • #3
      LOL, doesn't it figure that your chickens go chook-about when you look like hell and they choose to go to the one person who didn't want them zoned it?

      I have *no* idea how to keep free ranging chickens from crossing the road. (hee hee, sounds like a lead-in to a really bad pun)

      Can you fence in a larger area for them to scratch in away from the road?
      You jump in the saddle,
      Hold onto the bridle!
      Jump in the line!
      ...Belefonte

      Comment

      • Original Poster

        #4
        Sigh.....

        I only have 5ac, but fencing all that to keep chickens in ain't gonna happen.

        Their fenced yard is about 25X15 so it's not like they are cramped.

        My biggest worry was having them wander the other direction & end up mingled with another neighbor's much larger flock.

        But you truly have not lived until you have been chewed out by a flock of chickens.
        Right now they all run hopefully to meet me when I get home & if I fail to produce a treat, the under-the-beak grumbling starts.

        & I am not paranoid!
        I know they are talking about me & it is not nice

        So I will become the new Commandant of Chicken Gitmo
        Maybe I should start stacking them?

        maybe I need to get off the farm more often.....


        ETA:
        MistyB - it wasn't the chickens she objected to, she wanted to know how many horses I was bringing to the property.
        Zoning is for 2 horses only and the variance petitioned for was my 60X120 indoor. She probably worried I planned to fill that with horses instead of the 36X36 barn (that required no variance).
        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

        Comment


        • #5
          You can buy portable electric netting, which would allow you to confine them but move the confinement.
          If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

          Comment

          • Original Poster

            #6
            Originally posted by poltroon View Post
            You can buy portable electric netting, which would allow you to confine them but move the confinement.

            Is it Idiot-Friendly?
            I am pretty inept - & a huge weenie - when it comes to things electric.
            If the stuff is simple to setup & move I can see working it like a chicken tractor & getting some selected areas cleared of weeds.
            Does TSC carry it?
            *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
            Steppin' Out 1988-2004
            Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
            Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

            Comment


            • #7
              The electric netting is available from Farmtek (farmtek.com) and is pretty reasonably priced and easy to use. I'd only worry that the hens could fly over it, if they are so inclined (it is about 3-4 feet tall).

              I just don't let mine free range--too many risks of having them out on their own. Granted, I fenced a 40 x 60 grass area (ok, it is a paddock that I gave up to the hens most of the time) for them. They are quite happy.
              Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

              Comment


              • #8
                Yeah, I only have a few, but I can't let them free range either. People here let their dogs run everywhere and although most stay away because of our GSD. But, if the chickens would go to them, I am pretty sure they would not come back. They have their fenced yard and for their own safety that's where they are.

                Good luck, neighbors can be challenging.
                www.Somermistfarm.com
                Quality Hunter Ponies

                Comment


                • #9
                  Yep - my first egg cost me $1000.00 .. if you know what I mean.. and I still want to let them out to wander. Last weekend I had a close call as I caught the cat in the "crouching tiger' position.. ready to land her biggest meal ever!
                  Julie
                  www.equusvilla.blogspot.com
                  www.ridingaside.blogspot.com
                  www.miniaturecheviot.blogspot.com

                  Comment

                  • Original Poster

                    #10
                    equusvilla:
                    you got one tough barncat

                    My little Verminator has brought down rabbits near her size ,but one look at my chickens talking smack & she backed away.
                    Never to return.

                    Chickens also were not fazed by GFs crazed JRT barking at them from my porch.
                    One started up the steps like:
                    "You wanna piece of this?"

                    OK, I guess I bow to the COTH concensus. My hens just became non-freerange.
                    Makes it less stressful for me. No hawks or stray dogs to worry about.

                    Maybe fenced in they will go after the rats who have moved into the coop.
                    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I just WISH you had your chickens across the street and they visited. Not that I like Chickens, but they do a great job cleaning up yard bugs.

                      We live in an area that had Box Elders with their attendant Box Elder Bugs, Our neighbor had chickens for a while and they'd come visit and clean out the bugs and any ticks or grubs from the yard. We welcomed their visit even if I did have to rake the mulch back a bit.

                      The neighbor on the other side was the one to complain about the chickens messing up his landscaping (guess he preferred the Box Elder Bugs). He complained to Animal Control who canvassed the neighborhood for other complainers. Oddly, non of us had noticed the chickens out loose... ever.

                      NOT the case when they asked about problem neighbor's dog who was left in the yard to bark for hours at a time including overnights. THAT we could all remember.

                      Comment

                      • Original Poster

                        #12
                        Hey DriveNJ!
                        We have the BE bugs too and they are plentiful.
                        Come to think of it, last Summer when my hens were out & keeping to my acreage I noticed a lot fewer BE on & in my house.

                        Neighbors are worried about the landscaping because they are thinking of moving (per Mrs Neighbor).

                        Don't you wanna relocate to the Midwest?

                        FWIW: across the other road (I am at an intersection) there is a 9ac farm with brick ranch & pole barn for sale...

                        C'mon, join me here in Hoosierville and help me re-train my Hackney Pony to drive
                        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Our cat looks at the chickens and runs. We only let ours out to free range when we are outside. They like us so much they stay close by

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by equusvilla View Post
                            Yep - my first egg cost me $1000.00 .. if you know what I mean.. and I still want to let them out to wander. Last weekend I had a close call as I caught the cat in the "crouching tiger' position.. ready to land her biggest meal ever!
                            I think the semi-feral cats here each tried that. Once. They were met with pissed off ruffled feather razor beak pecking chicken head to head. They decided there were easier ways to get something to eat, like stalking wild boar.

                            My JRT tried to chase chickens when I first bought them, but he has learned to leave them alone and only chase what is left of the neighbor's roos when they get into the yard. That is not to say that my chickens don't chase him, which they do on a few occassions every day.
                            Rhode Islands are red;
                            North Hollands are blue.
                            Sorry my thoroughbreds
                            Stomped on your roo. Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' :

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              My cats like to pretend they could take down a chicken, or even one of the turkeys, but they know better. Those birds would clean their bones before I even knew they were missing.
                              "Rock n' roll's not through, yeah, I'm sewing wings on this thing." --Destroyer
                              http://dressagescriblog.wordpress.com/

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by kinnip View Post
                                My cats like to pretend they could take down a chicken, or even one of the turkeys, but they know better. Those birds would clean their bones before I even knew they were missing.
                                Funny to watch my cat in hyper-stalking mode when he is inside watching the wild turkeys on their late-afternoon parade across the yard.

                                Funnier to watch him pretending not to see them when he is outside.

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
                                  ...Why do the chickens cross the road?...
                                  To prove to the 'possums that it CAN be done.
                                  The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
                                  Winston Churchill

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    No, it was the possum's day off, that's why the chicken crossed the road.
                                    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

                                    Comment


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Frank B View Post
                                      To prove to the 'possums that it CAN be done.
                                      Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                                      Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                                      -Rudyard Kipling

                                      Comment


                                      • #20
                                        Chickens hate water.
                                        Used to have the hose out there waiting-but it's easier for Us all to leave it hooked to motion sensored sprinkler.

                                        Comment

                                        Working...
                                        X