How can I keep my cockerel?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by gardener4477, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. gardener4477

    gardener4477 Hatching

    Feb 14, 2013
    Wales, UK

    Does anyone have any success stories at fighting the council to keep their cockerel? Everything I've read on the net is doom and gloom.

    We bought a flock of Buff Orpingtons as hens but one turned out to be a boy. Last September I was made that one of the local residents had complained to the council. I then set about building a concrete block cock house with thick soundproof insulating. When he's in you can't hear him.

    The council had agreed that I had done a good job but the complaints persisted and I have ended up with a noise abatement notice being served on me. We don't get him up until 8am and since having the new house built I think this aspect of the complaint has now ended but the council now claim that the noise is ongoing during the day effecting residents enjoyment of their properties.

    I have recorded him and he is no more annoying than a barking dog that lives down the road but people are prepared to put up with him and not a cockerel!!!!!

  2. Krissilpn

    Krissilpn In the Brooder

    May 10, 2014
    Jacksonville Florida
    I have a permit that I had to get from the city, I can only have hens and am subject to inspection at any time. Here in the city of Jacksonville Florida. I feel your pain 2 of my chicks turned out to be roosters and I had to drive to Georgia today to re home my favorite sweet RR. He started crowing at 6am. I've noticed with out him my girls are into all kinds of rouble and seem lost during their free range time lol. Guess he really did keep them in line. The thinking here is you do not need the protection the rooster provides (as you should be keeping them contained in the city) and you do not need them for eggs. I agree it is unfair. I know my two Yorkies make way much more noise! But people fought to have hens her in Jax and I'm in a test group with only 300 permits. I'm not going to make waves. Just going to buy a house out of town! Good luck!
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    I'm sorry you have to give up your cockerel, but you can always look at the positives of not having a rooster. Roosters can be very hard on your hens physically; over-breeding them, injuring them with their beaks and spurs, and battering them. I currently have 25 hens, no roosters, and I get loads of eggs without feeding any non-egg laying mouths, without the aggression, fights, crowing in the middle of the night, injuries, and over-bred and battered hens that frequently goes along with having roosters (especially too many). Good luck in re-homing your rooster.
  4. buckbye

    buckbye Songster

    Aug 14, 2012
    House/basement pet til this thing blows over and they move on to the next unmowed lawn or illegally parked tricycle. Subterfuge and lies are a mitzvah when it comes to busybody neighbors and their "quality of life" crap.

  5. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Songster

    May 18, 2012
    Northern Virginia
    My Coop
    You might want to try a Rooster Collar. It's a soft collar that goes around their throat, preventing them from crowing at full volume. It doesn't injure them and they can eat, drink, etc. with it on. It just reduces the volume of the crowing.

    I have a rooster chick and will be getting a rooster collar for him or I'll have to get rid of him.

    Video of rooster collar in action:

  6. gardener4477

    gardener4477 Hatching

    Feb 14, 2013
    Wales, UK
    Rooster colar sounds interesting if all else fails. I would have to speak with the RSPCA first or the RSPCB and seem if its legal in the uk. Please follow my progress at Thanks!

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