NWR: Should I contact the city?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
5940 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’d find out the address and call or fill out an online form with code enforcement. Done. Neighbors won’t know it was you.

Post # 17
1969 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

How long have you lived there? I grew up with chickens, I didn’t even notice them after a while. It was background noise. (yes, even in the AM) 

Or you could speak to the neighbor and let them know. Maybe they could take steps to have them in a hut until they let them out later in the morning. 

Post # 18
2659 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I would totally report them. I once had a neighbor whose dog barked all night, every night in a subdivision. I was working long early shifts at work, and already not getting enough sleep. First I left a note at their house, asking them to please quiet their dog at night. Nothing change. I called the cops on them. It immediately stopped, and I don’t regret it one bit. Everyone has a right to enjoy the benefits of where they live. You live in a suburban area where roosters are illegal, therefore you have a right to sleep, in the house you pay for, without the disturbance of an illegal rooster. I believe the same for people who don’t control their barking dogs. It’s the responsibility of every pet owner to care for them responsibly.

Post # 19
1993 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve reported neighbors before and I’ve always just given it a reasonable amount of time for them to fix an issue and then i just call it in anonymously. I don’t ever want to get into a neighbor feud, so I have never confronted anyone (even nicely). One of our neighbors didn’t mow their lawn for over a month. DH and I agreed to give it 45 days (in case their lawn mower broke or there was a family crisis or something) and then just called it in. The city came and gave them a notice that they had 10 days to get the lawn mowed. They mowed it, and have hired a lawn crew to stay on top of it ever since. They are always still pleasant with us, so I don’t think they have a clue it was us. 

Post # 21
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

First get some nice wine, that’s essential for a tasty coq-au-vin.

But really, since you said it’s not legal, absolutely report it. Animal control should take care of it.

Post # 22
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - Canvas Event Space

Is it possible that, at some point before you moved in, they may have discussed it with/informed the rest of the neighbourhood before they got the rooster and that’s why it seems to be tolerated by anyone else?

That was my first thought, so I think it it might be worth introducing yourself to the owners or maybe even another neighbour and find out the situation before directly to the city. If they are all okay with it, it might create a hostile situation where it’s obvious it was you but maybe it could be prevented by meeting with them. Or if it ends that way, anyway at least you can say that YOU tried.

Post # 23
63 posts
Worker bee

Are your neighbors practicing members of Santeria (the religion)?  That could be why they have a rooster.  This is very common in South Florida where there is a large population of Cuban immigrants.  It might be allowed if it’s for religious reasons… maybe?  I’m not 100% sure but justed wanted to throw that out there.  Most of my Cuban neighbors had roosters (when I lived in South Florida).

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