NWR: Should I contact the city?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Before you call the City, I would research if backyard chickens are legal where you live.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

You should look up the local laws about this.  Even in the city, where we live you can have chickens if your lot is big enough.  (there are laws that you can’t have more than 3 or 4).

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

Check on city laws first.  You might have some laws backing you.  Where I live roosters are illegal.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Yeah I’d report them if it’s prohibited to have roosters (as well it should be!). That’s ridiculous and not fair to the neighbors. Honestly your other neighbors are probably too polite to report them, but would be grateful that someone else did.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

 In that case, then I think I would report it.  One of my parent’s neighbors have a rooster and you can hear it from 0.25+ miles away.  It’s really annoying, so I know how much of an issue this would be for you.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

It is also possible for hens to crow, esp. in the absence of roosters (I’m serious), so it may also be possible that this is something you have to live with.

I don’t know what I would do in this situation as I feel like this is one of those damned if you do, damned if you don’t situations…

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would absolutely report it.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

If it’s illegal, you can report it. 

Other options are: 

running a fan at night near your head

putting earplugs in

moving your bed to the other side of the house

I KNOW those probably sound ‘crazy’, but for me, my sleep is 100% top priority and who knows how long it will take the law to act? 

The other thing is we don’t know the person situation. 

Maybe they don’t know the law, so go easy on them and their cock. Yes, pun intended. 

;P

Good luck!!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our neighbors have chickens which I’ve never heard make any noise. If it were me I’d probably not report it- but a rooster wouldn’t bug me. I do have a neighbor who comes home at 2am with his car stereo blaring who I’d like to murder though…

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Do you feel comfortable approaching them first? And asking if they would please get rid of the rooster and/or try to put a crow collar on him? Yes, this is a thing, sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. If they are unwilling to work with you and you have verified that roosters are not allowed, then yes, by all means report them. But I personally think it’s best to try and deal with them on a one on one level, first. When you buy chicks they are “sexed” but it is not full proof, so they possibly got him by mistake. I take in a ton of roosters that people got by mistake. They may be totally ok with getting rid of him, but running under the assumption that no one has complained so they aren’t in a rush. It might be their kids favorite or something, who knows. I know I would definitely prefer to work it out one on one with someone rather than get the city involved, from the get go.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Our city just approved city chickens, so it may well be legal.

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

I agree with 

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crazychickenlady :  It’s probably best to at least TRY and approach them. This might be a recent development they haven’t had time to address yet. They might not know what to do about the rooster themselves. 

I would do some quick research and see if you can find a rooster rescue. Take that info with you and say something like “I found this place that will take a rooster in cases like this, if that helps” Just ASSUME they aren’t openly flouting the law and go from there. 

If that fails, then it’s appropriate to call the city. Ordinances are there for a reason; backyard chickens are one thing, roosters are something else entirely. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I think you can still report it even if it’s legal to have a rooster. Dog’s are legal pretty much anywhere, but if it’s barking all day, you can file a complaint and the owner would have to deal with making sure it doesn’t bark so much anymore. At least that’s how it is where I live.

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