Is it legal for a neighbour to kill my guineafowl flow if they go on to their land?

Garden Pixy

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Livestock Farmer
We have two flocks of free ranging guineafowl and one of them (16 birds) has been feeding in a neighbouring property. The neighbour has killed 14 and badly wounded another with a crossbow. Is it legal for him to do so if the birds are 'trespassing' on his land?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
 

copse

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Location
Rutland
We have two flocks of free ranging guineafowl and one of them (16 birds) has been feeding in a neighbouring property. The neighbour has killed 14 and badly wounded another with a crossbow. Is it legal for him to do so if the birds are 'trespassing' on his land?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
Should think he’s totally fed up with them
 

spin cycle

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Location
north norfolk
Thanks for the replies so far but it doesn't answer the question as to the legality...what if it were sheep, cattle or horses 'trespassing'?

guinea fowl arn't best things for neighbour relations....but i reckon shooting them with a cross bow isn't the best idea.....i think plod might be interested.....not in dead fowl but fact he's miss using a crossbow
 

hendrebc

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Livestock Farmer
I'm pretty sure (but don't know 100%) it wouldn't be legal for him to do that especially with a crossbow. I do know thaf if a farmer shoots a dog on their land that isn't worrying livestock then it is criminal damage because the dog is the dog owners property and you've damaged it by killing it.
You should make every effort to stop your livestock from wandering off your property though.
 

honeyend

Member
I think unless its a wild bird they can,
its your job to fence them in. They are eating something on their land, and that could be classed as theft.
Come to think of it if they are domestic birds should they be out now anyway, for bird flu?
 

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