The paper does have reader comments open. http://www.unionleader.com/article....rticleId=4318b93e-026d-4168-89c0-3b364016fa44 Crowing rooster drives couple to court By JAMES A. KIMBLE Union Leader Correspondent 4 hours, 1 minute ago BRENTWOOD A North Hampton couple is asking a judge to evict a group of chickens, and especially a crowing rooster, from their neighborhood after getting no satisfaction from town officials. Phelps Fullerton and his wife, Jamie Marston, are taking their neighbor Sylvia Cheever to court over claims that the chickens and roosters she keeps in her yard keep them awake in the wee hours and generally disturb the peace. The roosters would begin loudly crowing at dawn and continue crowing throughout the day and into the evening, the couple wrote in their court petition. They believe the animals are depriving them of peace and quiet. Judge John Lewis denied a request by the couple to outright bar Cheever from keeping roosters on her Atlantic Avenue property, but agreed to hold a hearing in the case. North Hampton officials told the couple and other neighbors who have complained about Cheever's flock that there is little they can do. The town does have a dog ordinance "" aimed at making sure that dog owners keep their pooches quiet and don't disturb their neighbors. But there's no ordinance for farm animals. Neighbors complained to selectmen about the chickens and other alleged zoning violations on Cheever's property during a meeting last November, according to court documents and minutes of the meeting. Town officials only found that Cheever was keeping too many chickens on her property at one point, but gave her time to limit her flock to four. Residents in Cheever's neighborhood are allowed by town ordinance to keep up to four farm animals so long as they are not being kept for commercial purposes. Fullerton and Marston say they don't have a problem with Cheever's having four chickens on her property, but they want the judge to bar roosters from being on her land. A hearing date has not yet been scheduled.