First of all....shame on you for opening a thread with this title.
Anyway about a year ago I decided to trade in my bachelor lifestyle in the city of Charlotte and move out into the country. For those that know me personally, I know that may be hard to believe but it's true. Anyway, I live on about 2 acres of land with a few neighbors dotted about. Well a couple months ago a lone, small chicken showed up in our yard. It was actually pretty cool at first but fast forward a couple of months and now there are about a dozen that wander into our yard everyday/all day. All full grown chickens and one rooster. Now I know that they have done wonders with bugs, fire ants, etc but they also can do some damage. Our yard is meticulously landscaped especially around our in ground pool. It's kind of like a back yard oasis surrounded by mulch, palm trees, rose bushes, etc which was expensive to do and maintain.
The chickens have tore up all of the mulch around the pool and dug down into all of the rose bushes exposing the roots and the roses are beginning to show the signs of the damage. We have also found chickens in our pool. Our dog has killed a couple of them in the past which we felt bad about at first.
Without getting into all the details, the neighbors who own them are totally unresponsive to our requests to do something about this. Animal control says there is nothing that can be done because they are poultry. Now I don't like to kill animals and my GF can't stand the thought of it but I am at my wits end with this and am about to start taking care of them myself. When we contacted animal control, they said most people just talk to their neighbors and get the problem corrected or decide to make chicken stew.
Anyone have any good ideas about what else I can do and do you know if I am in my legal right to shoot them if it comes down to it?