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Sunday, 7 September 2014

The chicken war

It was inevitable that the chickens in this village would cause trouble.


There are just far too many of them. 


Dursune, the neighbour to my left is completely over-run with chickens.  The hens have chicks.  The chicks grow up and they have chicks, and so on.  She doesn't eat any of them or dispose of them, and they just run riot.


They are in and out of her garden all day, up and down the hill past our gate, which sets our dogs barking.  She attempts to gather them all up in the afternoon and put them away safely, but some get left behind.  They wander past the gate during the night...which makes the dogs bark...which keeps me awake.


Sevke, to my right, didn't have chickens until her daughter and granddaughter moved in with her last year, and they brought their chickens with them.   The hens have had chicks...they grew up...had chicks...and so on.   The chicks can squeeze through the chickenwire surrounding our garden.   They eat tomato plants, melons, flowers, in fact anything that's edible.   The dogs see them at the top of the garden, and they bark at them.   I have to encourage the chicks back into their own garden for fear that they will come too close to my dogs and the result will be a bloodbath.


There is a woman just down the hill past Dursune's house who also has chickens, who have chicks, who have chicks...well you know the story by now.


This afternoon there was utter confusion down the hill.  This woman's chickens and Dursune's chickens all got together for a bit of socialising.


When it came to both women calling their chickens home, all hell broke loose.  I could hear the raised voices and screaming, and I went down to the front garden to see what was happening.   They were each  accusing the other of trying to steal their chickens.  One would call the chickens whilst the other insisted that they were not hers, and vice versa.


I have no idea how either of them could tell which chickens were theirs...they all look the same to me.


This went on for about 10 minutes, and the chickens, clearly confused by what was happening, all set off in the opposite direction into the garden of a derelict house, which was very overgrown.   Which meant that both Dursune and the other woman had to wade through the weeds and brambles to find them.


That was an hour ago.  I've heard nothing further since......

12 comments:

  1. Here, we have a real problem keeping the chicken numbers up, there are so many predators - buzzards, cats, dogs, foxes, pine martens they all seem to take chicks or hens :-(

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    1. There are the usual predators here too Rosie, but I think there are more than enough chickens to satisfy them!

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  2. You couldn't make it up, could you, Ayak? Why on earth keep chickens if you're not going to eat any of them? No-one can need as many eggs as all those chickens must lay. I wonder whether all the chickens made it back where they belong...

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    1. I sometimes wonder if in Dursune's case, she keeps them for the company and to give herself something to do each day.

      I have no idea if they all made it back to where they belong, and I'm sure the women don't know either!

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  3. You must have super chickens in your village. All the ones here died last year from a virus, and usually the foxes take every second one.

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    1. I guess we aqre just lucky BtoB (or unlucky) to have so many healthy chickens here. Of course Dursune and Sevke never complain about the dogs barking these days because they believe the barking deters any foxes or other predators.

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  4. I wonder what happened to the two women!

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    1. Well they turned up eventually Helen. I heard no more cross words, but I wonder if they each have their own chickens or whether some of them got mixed up.

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  5. Ha ha village life, but at least you never get bored......F.xx

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    1. It did liven up a quiet day Fleur xx

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  6. I suspect some of these chicken keepers/breeders are the same people that object to the street dogs......but clearly they are fine with the increasing chicken population....The picture you paint here is hilarious, but i am sure you dont find it funny when the huge and getting huger hoards of chickens cause the dogs to bark. I do hope those women got things sorted in the end.

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    1. As I mentioned above Janice, I get no complaints about my dogs from the neighbours as they are seen as a deterrent, protecting their chickens. The strays down in the village are another matter of course. If they are hungry they will naturally kill chickens and that doesn't go down well with the villagers. I wish they could see that feeding the dogs would prevent this. Hopefully now I'm feeding them, it won;t be so much of a problem.

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