Does anyone know of any examples where roosters are allowed in residential areas?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Alydup, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. Alydup

    Alydup Chirping

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    Hi all, My current city bylaws state we may have 3 hens but no roosters within city limits. As a chicken lover, I have the slight advantage of my husband being a city councillor. Council is currently reviewing increasing the number to 6 hens but I am curious if anyone knows of any areas that allow roosters? I can’t seem to find any except a few that allow one to present their case and council may make an exception. To me it seems so preposterous to ban one sex of a species. It is a death sentence in most cases. I have several barking dogs in my neighborhood that no one minds in the least. I don’t see a huge difference. I also have an illegal rooster that none of my neighbors have an issue with. The general feeling seems to be amusement and enjoyment at hearing him. Hoping to find some areas where roosters are allowed to bring before council
     
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  2. The city of Chicago comes to mind, no limits at all.

    Gary
     
  3. Cheyenne97

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    I live in Jefferson Cty, Lou, KY. We are allowed 5 hens and 1 rooster in a residential area.
     
  4. Acre4Me

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    Well, where are you located? A semi rural or urban area? Large metro area? How big are the lots usually? What are current rules for chickens -is there a lot size minimum? Are there rules for how far away from lot lines the coop can be?

    It makes sense to increase number of hens to 6, though so that’s good to hear!

    Roosters can be noisy. Very noisy. Sometimes they compete with each other, so imagine just three chicken keepers within a few blocks (within earshot of a suburban neighborhood) and you will have a ruckus that is no longer charming. Dogs can be noisy, but are also considered house pets, whereas chickens are livestock. You can complain about the dogs barking if it’s a real problem.

    We have a few neighbors, we all have 1acre, rectangular lots. Next door neighbor has chickens and one rooster, who crows a moderate or less amount. In warmer weather he is waking us up with crows pretty early. However, our bedroom and his chickens are almost as far apart as you could get. They have said ours have never woken them up...but the way our coop and barn are situated in relation to their home is likely why they don’t get disturbed. So, my point here is that a rooster’s crow carries. Roosters are genetically predispsitioned to greet the sun...

    We have now had 5 cockerels across 4 breeds. One breed would NOT shut up. It annoyed US so much we sent to freezer camp. One breed hadn’t crowed by the time it went to freezer camp. Third was recently sold as it kept aggressively going after my tween, but it crowed throughout the day, not excessively. Last one crows just a few times a day, and he has a deep crow, so not very jarring like some roosters cries are more noticeable bc they are a higher pitch/seem louder.
     
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    Alydup Chirping

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    I live in a small city of around 20000. Lot sizes are varied. Louisville Kentucky accounts for lot size in their bylaw which makes sense. Also, I know of only 1 other resident who has backyard chickens within the city (although I’m sure there are a few more) so I can’t see it becoming too big a nuisance. Also, most bylaws account for public nuisance. Regardless of noise, I still find it unbelievable to straight out ban 50% of chickens but that is my own animal loving opinion.
     
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    You can have other livestock as well! Very interesting
     
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    Alydup Chirping

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    This is a great bylaw! Very comprehensive. Thanks!
     
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  8. Acre4Me

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    Well, roosters and hens act differently. But humans are pretty reliably adverse to being woken up early, unnecessarily. Humans are often adverse to their own offspring waking them up too (even though the love their offspring). :lau

    Cows and bulls act differently within their species. Most likely you’d be ok walking through a field of cows, but not one with a bull. Why? Bc the male of that species acts different, so you would change your expectations.
     
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    Thanks for the info! Humans are very reliably selfish. Hence the torturing of countless animals for our benefit and destroying the planet. But seriously though, I do get it. Roosters are annoying. Still won’t stop me though
     
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    Yes, Chicago. I have heard rumor of a limit on the number you can keep, but I haven;t found documentation of that. I grew up and lived in Chicago until 2 years ago when we moved to the suburbs. I didn't keep chickens there, but I had plenty of neighbors in the last neighborhood we lived in who had chickens, including roosters. I've read articles where some people even have a few goats or pigs in their yard.
     
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