My youngest daughter had a birthday party this past weekend. She had a few of her closest friends over to the house to make Puppy Pom Poms. The week prior we had so much fun getting the party together.
New neighbors have moved in 3 doors down. They have been here since late last fall. I have yet to meet them but I have met their dog. Their dog seems to never be on a leash. Typically, I would see him roaming around their yard, but now, their boxer, has paid my chickens a visit, twice.
This week, I happened to be in the yard. It was late morning on a weekday. I was in the backyard and I heard the chicken alarm go off. I ran to the coop and saw Oyster Cracker standing on top of a log sounding the alarm. The dog stared for a few moments then darted off as I approached. Clearly, the chickens were upset. Thank goodness they were not free-ranging as they usually do when I am in the yard. I might have lost a chicken to that dog!
So, now the dilemma ensues. Do I approach the neighbors and ask them to leash the dog? Do I stop free ranging my girls? What if the neighbors say they will keep their dog tied up only to find out they forget? Is it worth the risk? I certainly do not want to upset anyone in this situation. Therefore, I have been thinking about reworking the chicken set-up. I love to let them free-range and it seems they are happiest when they can. However, it seems to be a fading possibility. I might need to make the run larger with no more free-ranging. How sad.
So I guess today, I will pay the neighbors a visit. I will bring a dozen fresh eggs as a peace offering and ask them kindly to please keep their dog tied up. I hear a dozen eggs can help to build friendships. Wish me luck!