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post #1 of 13 Old 03-15-2010, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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What the fudge?

LOL I got this note from our neighbors;

Please keep dogs and chickens off our property, or we will call police, thank you.

One, this not was not in an addressed envelope, so I know that they put it in our mailbox by themselves while no one was home. Federal offense, anyone?

Secondly, we don't let our dogs roam the neighborhood - when they do sneak over there (which we always call them back immediately), it's because those idiots don't have garbage pick up. Yep, you guessed it. They dump it in their back yard. Smells wonderful when the wind is blowing just right. It's once in a blue moon when they cross the property line, it's not a common occurance.

Thirdly, our chickens do free range during the day - but you think they'd enjoy not being infested with ticks, yes? And no, they don't have a garden. Heck, you never even see them outside unless they're leaving for work.

It's funny because we've had chickens and dogs for the entire nine years we've been living here and they're just now complaining? I think they're more or less p.o.'ed because they throw their crap across our property line, and I throw it right back over. It's not just any crap - it's wire and whatnot that they toss into our pasture. I've also run them off our land (they thought the entire family was gone), trying to hunt - and despite no trespassing signs (which they've torn down time and time again).

I'm considering calling the police simply for the fact that they went into our mailbox. I also found a tipped over propane can that had a loose valve and was leaking, and my dog was blatantly ticked off and tracking everywhere when we went outside, so I'm beginning to wonder if perhaps they're the ones who did it.

We're home. A lot. They could have just as easily walked over, but these fools won't even wave at you when you're out in the yard.

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post #2 of 13 Old 03-15-2010, 06:31 PM
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Gosh I hear ya, I've had good neighbors and bad neighbors over the years. When you are in the country good neighbors are particularly important. I'm pretty lucky, I have GREAT neighbors for the most part, but one the other side of my northern neighbor is like the ones you mentioned. They got a deer and gutted it and hung it off their gutters right by their front door. They threw the guts into the irrigation ditch, then threatened to shoot my neighbor's dog when it went over there to partake of the bloody buffet they left out.

However, unfortunately the bottom line is they do have every right to insist you keep your dogs/chickens out of their yard. I have to insist my neighbors keep their coonhound locked up every so often. Mostly he ambles over and plays with my dogs (mine are kept in a chain link 1 acre yard when outside, but he scales it) and I have no issue with it, but I wont let him on my property when my collie girls are in heat.

I'd suggest you find a way to keep your animals on your property and don't worry about the neighbors note. Fussing over them putting it in your mailbox is kind of petty, although yes they were being petty there's no need to stoop to that. Keep you animals on your land, and make **** sure there's a note in their mailbox every time their trash ends up on your land

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post #3 of 13 Old 03-15-2010, 06:41 PM
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^agreed. You do need to make sure your animals are kept on your land, My aunties dog was attacted by one of the neighbours, now if that dog dares come back on the property its going to get a pellet gun to the hind end to send him home.
there are some crazy neighbours that people can end up with, but just try to keep peace and do not stoop as low as them, because if you dont, then if they really start to get rowdy or do something really bad then you have everything on your side because you didnt do anything wrong, see wha i mean, sometimes it pays off to hold in your temper and be a good two shoes ;)

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post #4 of 13 Old 03-15-2010, 07:05 PM
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I hate to say it, but the neighbors are right! In a legal sense, anyway. If your dog goes over to their property, YOU are liable for whatever happens. As for the chickens? Well, it could be they've stepped in chicken poop one too many times! Or they're allergic to feathers. Or they're just jerks. But, putting the letter in your mailbox (legal or not) shows that they're trying to bring this problem to your attention. And to them it is a problem, or they wouldn't have bothered!
I am also having trouble with my neighbors over a shared well, and hate it! Whenever I am outside, I feel really uncomfortable when they're out in their yard, and I want us to be good neighbors if nothing else. So buck up and try to appease them if possible. Sometimes we all need to swallow our pride, and make nice, even if it kills us!

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Technically, the dogs aren't mine. I don't even like dogs. I don't hate them, I just wouldn't ever have one myself. So that's not my problem to deal with. 'Tis mah mothers.

I don't even know when our chickens were over there. They stay in their little area mostly eating the scratch we put out for them, and cleaning up the dropped horse feed all day.. In the summer they're here and there and everywhere because of bugs. I just haven't seen them wander over there since the first snowfall. And they're my moms 'business' so she can deal with that. They will be free ranging this summer though. My horse is highly sensitive to ticks, and they do keep tick numbers down. The results are quite amazing.

Wonder how the mother's going to react to it LOL that should be interesting.

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That note sounds a bit blunt but still a pretty neutral way to inform you about the things. I also agree with aboves, I wouldn't like if my neighbors' animals came to my yard either. Even I'm pretty sure I'd talk over it with my neigbor instead of notes like that.

Perhaps you (or your mom) should talk with these neighbors about things? About the note and especially about that crap and hunting thing.

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post #7 of 13 Old 03-16-2010, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by PaintsPwn View Post
I think they're more or less p.o.'ed because they throw their crap across our property line, and I throw it right back over. It's not just any crap - it's wire and whatnot that they toss into our pasture.
oh the memories...I remember back when we lived on our acreage. We have neighbors on the one side we didn't get along with. They were junk collectors and always had garbage laying around. My pasture was always spotless, because I had horses and miniatures in there right.

One day, low and behold while doing my fence inspections, I find all these pieces of left over cement about 10 feet into my field. There was no way those things had flown in my field, or even rolled there for that matter, and I know those were theres because I spent countless hours riding and jumping cross country.

The human behavior will never stop to surprise me.

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post #8 of 13 Old 03-16-2010, 10:14 PM
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Reminds me of our neighbors...very annoying. But I would definately keep your chickens penned and dogs tied or fenced when you're not home. It's not very fun to have chickens in your hard pooping and whatnot especially if they don't like chickens. However, it is illegal to open up a mailbox like that and you have every right to call the cops on them, however, this is asking for trouble and you would be wise to put up servalence cameras or at least fake ones and a sign that says they are on. That will be a good deterance in case they try to get back at you for calling the cops on them. Something kind of like this happened with our neighbors and we are no longer on speaking terms. They're just ridiculous people.

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Dakota, the dogs stay indoors except for their potty breaks or if we're working outside. And if we're doing something where we can't pay attention to them? They stay inside or we lock them behind the barn. Can't lock them behind the barn right now - trying to keep the big horses off the pasture so the grass has a chance to grow back well.

I watched my chickens today, and they did not cross over on their property line. We have other people around us that have chickens - perhaps they're theirs?

It's okay, the jerks got theirs last year when a storm blew a tree over on their brand new pickup! It twisted the entire vehicle. Pretty radical damage. A year or so before this, mom got her truck stuck up to the axles in mud - and they just stood outside and watched us dig it out... So we obliged, and watched them cut this huge tree over their truck so they could get it towed away.

My tongue isn't tame enough to talk to them. I'm not sure my mom's is either by now LOL! We're sick of 'em. I keep hoping they'll move, but it doesn't look like we're going to be so lucky.

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post #10 of 13 Old 03-16-2010, 10:56 PM
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ahhh the joys of neighbours,
the ones where I live are complaining about our dogs barking at night time, our dogs sleep in our bedrooms, pretty sure they would wake us up before they woke any of the neighbours up if they were barking.

and the ones where the horses are kept, by golly. We have a horse on the property who is a hell of an escape artist so gets out of the paddock and wanders around, which they complain about continually, although the only time he has ever crossed in to their yard is when they left the gate open! We've also been told that their is a particular tree we are not allowed to "congregate" under even though it is not on their property, its on ours!

I'm about ready to tell them to keep their chickens and cats off our property!! haha

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