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Neighborhood Kids
« on: June 11, 2015, 07:13:14 PM »
So I live in a downtown area of my city but I'm just outside the zoning laws so my neighborhood is residential but across the street is commercial. Because I'm still classified as residential I've taken advantage of this and have a lot of animals. They are all well taken care of and I am well within my limit of what I do have and I have the special licensing from my city that is required. The list is as follows:

2 russian tortoises
1 Rex Rabbit
3 cats
3 dogs
13 ducks
1 goose
3 parakeets

During the winter the animals are all inside with the exception of the dogs and cats which have indoor/outdoor access and the ducks which are always outside. However in the summer it's time for everyone to get out. So the rabbit and the tortoises go into their outdoor cages and the parakeets hang on the porch.  I also have a large pond filled with fish and plants and frogs.   The problem is that I don't have a privacy fence I just have a wire fence that encloses the whole property and the neighborhood children can see that there are a ton of animals. This wouldn't be the problem except that they have started lining up whenever I'm outside and calling out to me if they can come and pet my animals. ALL   THE   TIME. 

It's getting so that I can't even sit out in my yard by the pond without them coming over and yelling at me to pet the animals.  I've said politely no. I've asked them not to yell as it scares the animals.  They then will come and try to open my gate to come in and talk to me. I've circumvented that by actually putting a combination padlock on my gate 24/7 so no one can come into my yard unless they know the code to get in.  I don't know these children and I don't know their families personally. I do know that the majority of the children come from spanish speaking households because I did go to the house of the most recent and obnoxious offender to speak to her parents and I got no where because she's their translator and refused to tell them what I was saying.

It used to be maybe 5 or 6 kids but now there are up to 20 that will show up. It's like when I'm outside there's some bat signal deployed that lets every kid in a 3 block radius know that I'm there.  Honestly I just don't want to be bothered with having them all come in my yard to pet my animals. I totally get them wanting to pet the critters because that's why I have them. But with all of the legal hassles and implications of what could happen if one of them were to be bitten by one of my animals, I don't want to risk it. If anyone complained of such I could lose all of my critters. Not that mine have ever bitten anyone viciously but the ducks do bite my pants when they want attention, and my goose can be territorial and bite if she's feeling peckish, and even the bunny can get over zealous and nip. All of my animals are capable of biting which just leaves me in a bind. Plus I don't really like children much and I find I have little patience for them.

I've asked them to go away but I feel like I'm being that Crazy cat lady that shakes her cane and yells "get off my lawn!"  I've even tried signs saying "no yelling at the animals" and "please do not touch or feed the animals" as a way to tell these kids they aren't wanted. I've tried to be nice and let them watch the animals through the fence but I'm getting really frustrated with the constant demands. I just want to sit in my yard in peace.

Any suggestions? (and no I can't move, if I could I would have a farm of my own where I could have even more animals)

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Re: Neighborhood Kids
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2015, 07:15:41 PM »
Have you considered building a privacy fence?

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Re: Neighborhood Kids
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2015, 07:25:28 PM »
I'm a renter so investing in a privacy fence isn't really an option cost wise. If I owned the place I'd have one up in a heartbeat. As it is I paid for and installed the wire fence so I could have the dogs.

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Re: Neighborhood Kids
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2015, 07:31:46 PM »
Would those plastic slats that people thread through chain link fences work? I understand they are not that pricey. If I lived in your neighborhood, I'd certainly enjoy looking at your herd, but I'm old enough to read and understand your signs, so I wouldn't bother you or them.

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Re: Neighborhood Kids
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2015, 07:40:40 PM »
...or, that green fabric used in addition to chainlink to block off construction sites for privacy?

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2015, 07:54:36 PM »
I would contact the police especially if you have some type of community policing. In part because a chain link fence is so easy to climb and ducks and geese can give nasty bites. I would tell the police that these kids have been told repeatedly not to be on your property and find out what they recommend.

You can also see if you can find someone that speaks/writes Spanish and have them translate a simple statement like - I have told your child to stay off my property and s/he keeps coming back and opening my gate to pet my animals. Please tell him/her to stay off my property. Print several copies and next time you escort a kid home take it with you.
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Re: Neighborhood Kids
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2015, 07:57:02 PM »
have you posted signs in English and Spanish?

could you learn a few phrases in Spanish? 


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Re: Neighborhood Kids
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2015, 09:07:04 PM »
Perhaps you could use google translate to make a short note in Spanish.  You could apologize at the beginning for the unskilled language, and tell them that you used a computer translator.  It might be humorous to them, but there's a good chance that they would get the gist of it.   It's likely that they wonder exactly why you were there, and would like to know what is going on with their child.

I think that a call to the police non-emergency line would be a good idea, too.  They may even have a Spanish speaking officer to send out to speak to the children.


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Re: Neighborhood Kids
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2015, 11:13:00 PM »
Invest in some bamboo fencing and attach it to your wire fence so they can't see in.  There are all different kinds.  It looks natural and it's something that you can take with you when and if you move out.

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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2015, 11:18:43 PM »
If signs haven't worked, I don't think anything other than some kind of privacy fence will do much good. People are surprisingly apathetic about the possibility of an animal biting their kids until it happens.

When I was a kid there was a neighborhood dog my dad didn't want us petting (it might have had fleas I think), so he told us the dog was sick and we'd get sick if we touched it. Maybe spread rumors of duck cooties?  ;D
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Re: Neighborhood Kids
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2015, 11:55:46 PM »
If signs haven't worked, I don't think anything other than some kind of privacy fence will do much good. People are surprisingly apathetic about the possibility of an animal biting their kids until it happens.

When I was a kid there was a neighborhood dog my dad didn't want us petting (it might have had fleas I think), so he told us the dog was sick and we'd get sick if we touched it. Maybe spread rumors of duck cooties?  ;D

I wouldn't actually spread rumors of duck cooties or stress that the animals bite or anything like that - you don't want Animal Control to take those rumors to heart and take away the animals!

That green fabric attached to the chain link fence sounds like a good idea, and hopefully wouldn't be too expensive. 

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Re: Neighborhood Kids
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2015, 01:42:35 AM »
I like the bamboo idea. Also music or headphones to drown them out and signs written in both languages in the voice of the animals "Per favor no molestar!" With a picture.

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Re: Neighborhood Kids
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2015, 06:23:13 AM »
Do you know anyone who speaks Spanish, and would be willing to go with you to talk to these kids' parents?

Frankly, I'd turn the hose on them. (Or, okay, have a well-timed sprinkler incident or two.) And you don't need to apologize for not wanting the neighborhood kids all up in your grill.

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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2015, 07:56:29 AM »
I know you are a renter, but investing in some landscaping that would help to hide both you and the animals would help. Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Exaco-1-416-Calypso-Watering-Metallic/dp/B0052WIS1Y/ref=sr_1_3?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1434113264&sr=1-3&keywords=trellis+with+planter , a planter with a trellis attached, could be used to screen you from the kids.

Or if the main problem is the kids seeing you sitting by the pond, don't let them see you sitting by the pond. Just put up some bamboo fencing around the pond area where you sit. Or one of those sun shelters with both screens and walls. There are all sorts of solar shades and tents that could be deployed to provide some privacy. Google "privacy in backyard" and you'll get a host of ideas.
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Re: Neighborhood Kids
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2015, 08:46:52 AM »
Look into "lattice fencing". You can get large, light weight sheets of it at Home Depot or Lowes. It could easily be attached to your existing fence with zip ties. You can 'sorta' see through it but you can layer it and it does offer decent privacy. I see it in my city a lot. It's fairly attractive too.

Also - I'd stop being so nice. These kids seem to feel completely comfortable coming onto your property. What happens when you're not home some day and one of those kids gets brave and hops the fence?

And to me, 20 kids is a large number. That was alarming to read.

Next time it happens I would be more direct. Get a little angry.

"I have told all of you NO, over and over. That answer is not going to change. Get off my property, do not come back. If you do I am calling the police."