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pdp76 05-21-2013 12:40 PM

Could use some advice regarding neighbor's rooster
Our neighbor has hens and roosters. The hens aren't too bad, but the darn rooster is noisier than heck. As expected, it crows every morning (early!), but it doesn't end there, it crows in the afternoon, evenings, and sometimes even in the middle of the night! Also, we frequently find feathers floating into our back yard and we have to clean it up.

We live in a very suburban environment, and the city has ordinances for noise and keeping chicken coops in the yard. I'm certain they are breaking a multiple number of said ordinances, however, since we are the newest people on the block, I don't want to be "THAT GUY" which causes trouble and reports them. I'm not sure why nothing has been done about it so far, perhaps it's because we are the closest neighbors to the chicken owners (right next door) and the coop is up against our backyard fence.

Anyway, I'm tempted to just report them to the city, but again, I'm hesitant because I don't want to be the ******* of the community. I'm a very non-confrontational person, so I'm not inclined to just ring their bell and complain. Plus, our homes have a good distance between our front doors (large yards), I've only seen them once or twice.

Any suggestions on what I should do?

rosem637 05-21-2013 12:42 PM

Talk to neighbor.
Advise township.
Buy new windows and insulate walls.

DexterII 05-21-2013 01:18 PM

It's an ordinace enforcement matter, not as if you were seeking charges for criminal tresspass or whatever, so should be no need for it to become personal. Call your zoning officer, report it, and, if he or she asks, tell them that you wish to remain anonymous, but that you feel they should investigate what you believe to be an ordinance violation. Or, if you wish to remain one step further removed, you could contact your city council person or township supervisor or trustee, and ask them to report it.

joed 05-21-2013 02:50 PM

Many towns are now allowing chickens to be kept but many of them also do not allow roosters. You could at least call the town and ask what the regs are for your town.

GBrackins 05-21-2013 03:21 PM

call your zoning officer tell them you're thinking of getting some chickens and a rooster like your neighbor and you want to know how many you're allowed ........ this way if it's not allowed it's not your fault because you didn't call to complain if the officer takes action. if nothing else you'll know how many you are allowed, oh saying if you can't fight 'em join 'em.

ddawg16 05-21-2013 03:30 PM

Fried Chicken anyone?

rossfingal 05-21-2013 04:15 PM


TheBobmanNH 05-21-2013 04:21 PM

Why not ask the OTHER neighbors first. Maybe they've complained, or always wanted to complain, and you can have some allies.

user1007 05-21-2013 04:23 PM

"I think I ate the bones!"

It is always difficult to be the new kids on the block but the suggestion about asking the city to look into an ordinance violation and keeping your name out of it is a good one.

It is rather passive aggressive though. You could knock on the door, hope for the best, and explain the situation rather than complain about it as a first pass? Maybe you will get a nice apology and some fresh eggs out of the deal now and then? If not, I would guess you are not the first to complain about the roosters.

Then I would move directly on to voodo talisman on pointed sticks in their front yard and the casting of chicken bones on their front welcome matte.

Evanston, the first city North of me, allows chickens now which is rather hilarious. At least parts of it are very stiff even if rather left leaning politically. I am sure they are all designer chickens.

Some were trying to allow them inside Chicago city limits and perhaps they did. Urban farming is the rage now. Unfortunately people do not take the time to think ahead about things like noise.

GBrackins 05-21-2013 04:38 PM


Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 1184285)
It is rather passive aggressive though.

:eek: moi, at least I wasn't sarcastic.

ddawg16 05-21-2013 04:42 PM


Originally Posted by GBrackins (Post 1184292)
:eek: moi, at least I wasn't sarcastic.

But I was....with a hint of truth....

creeper 05-21-2013 05:00 PM

The thing is...this guy and is fowl were there long before you and you will become "that" guy.. Sorry..I don't think you should complain...or get a large dog to scare it into submission and silence.

I think after a while you will learn to block the noise, just as city people block fire engines and honking car..
Like Steven says..Maybe you can get some fresh eggs out of the bargain.

ddawg16 05-21-2013 05:05 PM

All jokes aside....I actually like the sound of roosters in the morning.

This thread reminds me of the one a few days ago where the guy was complaining about the bull frogs singing....

I don't think I have found any 'natural' noise to be unpleasant....and I'm a light sleeper.....

I think it's better to be the 'go to guy' versus the 'guy to avoid'.

Willie T 05-21-2013 05:29 PM

Airgun or a snake.

oh'mike 05-21-2013 06:22 PM

Talk to the owner---face to face--like the old days.

Tell him the rooster goes and you will be fine with the chickens .

At least give him a chance to correct things before the police are involved. It's the right way to treat this---

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