Neighbor's Chickens Eat My Vegetables?

I have a neighbor that has chickens and they are free range. I plant a garden every year and it is about 20' by 25'. Every year those damn birds eat more of my crops than I do and yes I have put up chicken wire and it does not work. Any suggestions on how to keep them out? Thanks.


By Ron

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April 3, 20151 found this helpful
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Motion activated sprinkler.

It attaches to your hose and will spray the chickens when they come within range. No harm no fowl!

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April 2, 20150 found this helpful

Does not your neighbor have some responsibility in this problem? Appears, however, the most workable fix would be a strong and tall wood, stone, etc., fence around your garden.

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April 3, 20150 found this helpful

Since it appears that you and your neighbor can't see "eye to beak" on this, here is my suggestion. There is a product out there called electrified poultry netting. You can plug it into household current, and its very portable. You can move it around and configure it in any way you wish, and it's very effective, especially if you water the grass around the perimeter of the garden well before the little villains are let out in the morning.


We have used three strands of hot wire around our garden effectively for several years, (5', 10", and 24" off the ground) but you have to make sure the ground is soaked before the chickens approach the hot wire. It does not kill the chickens, but it's a very unpleasant experience for them, and they usually avoid it after that.

Otherwise the only suggestion I have is taking your neighbor a bill for last years veggies, and if they refuse to pay it, smile broadly and tell them from now on you'll just take it out in fried "trespasser".

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May 6, 20160 found this helpful

I use stiff bird netting at least 2 feet tall staked by weaving short bamboo stakes. Freezer baskets over plants.....Chickens won't eat tomato plants but they scratch the heck out of I cut the bottom out of black plant pots and place around the base of each when planted & push them down into the dirt about 1" or so.


The pots warm the plants when they're young and also help runoff of water. Then there's the pecking at red fruit. Light weight bird netting is easy and they hate it.

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September 4, 20160 found this helpful

Bologna! My chickens are destroying my and my neighbors tomatoes

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May 24, 20160 found this helpful

train your dog to chase them

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June 3, 20160 found this helpful

if you use 5 feet or 6 feet chicken wire it works

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April 28, 20190 found this helpful

honestly without sounding too heartless, you can first speak to your neighbor and if that does not work, you can suggest that you take care of his chickens if he can't ( or wont). you should have a legal right to your own property without having to deal with another's irresponsibility.

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