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  1. Well no more issues!! We are having a new outbuilding erected which will seal the wall of to our tricksy neighbours, and if anybody tries to climb over they'll be covered head to toe in black anti climb paint thanks for all your support. It's been lovely hearing everyone's schemes and outrage on my (and Dorothy & Margaret's) behalf.
  2. I love all the suggestions! You guys are amazing! I'm banking the antibiotic one - a great suggestion! As for an angry cockerel ninja... I don't want to come home to find my two little cats beheaded So not sure that ones viable. Update: still waiting on a reply from the council with regards to reporting them. The girls secret nest is still hidden and I don't think they've been back over the wall. Going trellis and spikey plant shopping on Saturday!
  3. tee hee! Thank you, a friend said i should do that! I live in the royal county of Berkshire!
  4. I thought that was probably the case! Thank you!!
  5. My hubbie is actually a detective for a different police force, I think our problematic neighbours are about the only people in the road that don't know this!! I can't help but think that this is a good thing... judging by the way they have been recently it could just lead to more problems But he WILL intervene if he catches them in the act.
  6. I have no room to move it closer to the house unfortunately but building up a trellis should solve the problem of it being within reaching distance
  7. Thanks to everyone who has replied today. I've been really heartened to read all your replies whilst I've been at work. I thought I'd update you! I came home to find no eggs... BUT... I had another look around the garden and my beautiful, clever ladies have made a NEW secret nest! It had 5 eggs in it and it's behind a prickly bush!! Who said chickens have small brains?!! I gave them some peas and raisins as a special well done treat! We will be looking into the trellis this week and hope to have it mounted by Saturday and perhaps a lock if that doesn't solve it. This will completely secure the garden. I also love the idea of prickly plants so we shall check those bad boys out whilst in the garden centre. I want to keep the garden as natural looking as possible and although the Vaseline and tar like substances are fantastic ideas, I don't want to have two cats covered in it and walking it through my kitchen!! I'll continue to monitor how much they are laying. It saddens me that children are taught to steal and/or think it's ok to. I really hope that my husband having a word, even though we parted with frustrations at the mum, has managed to scare them off. Thanks for all your wonderful replies again. It's nice not to be alone in this!!
  8. The really sad thing is that I have given them eggs before... there have been no thank yous and the boxes haven't been returned either ;(
  9. I was gutted to find my neighbours stealing eggs from my Eglu yesterday morning. Eggs have been going astray on and off for around 4 months now. I thought at first that something was wrong with my girls, Dorothy and Margaret, but their diet is great, they are very healthy, they free range in my garden during the day and are very much loved. I had found the back of their Eglu Go unlocked on a couple of occasions but put it down to me not being careful enough at clipping it in. Then one day I found a nest underneath a bush in the garden, it had around 15 eggs in it! So I continued to be puzzled as to why they had moved out but just put it down to their quirky nature and started to collect my eggs from there every day. A couple of weeks ago I came home and went to collect the eggs from the bushy nest and saw that the plants around it had been trodden down and there were no eggs. I put this down to my cats. Perhaps they had jumped in there whilst playing? It bothered me for sometime as I think I knew a cat couldn't compress the leaves like that and they get on well with the chooks. But then yesterday as I was brushing my teeth I heard next door's kid say 'I've got to get the eggs' so I ran to the window and saw him climbing over my fence and the back of my eglu open. Myself and my husband confronted his mother who was still sleeping. She made up a lie that he had gone out an hour previously (do 12 year olds go out at 6.50am on a Sunday morning?!) We then heard the lad and his friend inside the house from within ours. She knocked at the door a bit later saying that she'd retrieved the boys from her 'friends house'. She point blank defended them and they'd made up a story about finding a frog. Yeah, right. I believe that she is fully aware and involved in the eggs thefts. Has anyone experienced this? I don't know what to do. They are council tenants and I have reported it to the council (awaiting a response) and I'm already keeping a diary regarding other anti social behaviours of theirs. I'm terrified that my ladies have been man handled by the kids whilst trying to lay on both the nest in the eglu and now in the bushes and I've not had eggs for days. It makes me sick to my stomach that I am providing my chickens with a good life and someone could be mistreating them. I'm getting a CCTV camera and the hubs and I will put a high trelice at the problematic point of our Victorian garden wall but we can't do that until at least Saturday. Thanks for listening.

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