My Roosters lovely crowing annoying neighbour!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CasBantamBabes, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. CasBantamBabes

    CasBantamBabes Hatching

    Nov 27, 2012
    I live on 5 acres in Greenbank in Queensland with 3 beautiful roo's that look after my selection of beautiful chooks. My neighbour has told me to "get rid of my roosters so we can get some peace!" I feel so annoyed that he has said this as I am within my right to own three roosters on my property without a permit and I have also contacted animal management to make sure that I am following the right directions for keeping backyard poultry. I have always night boxed my roosters since getting them. I am going to now soundproof their boxes for night, but he is now saying to me that he hates them in the day crowing (even though he goes to work during the week and just his adult daughter is home). He is very intimidating and I am almost at the point of "should I give away my beloved boys to please the cranky man next door!" He has live here for 30 years and I for 4 years. So I am sure when his children were young he tried to give them the farming lifestyle, which is all my husband and I want for our kids. Next he'll probably say that my two cows moo too much! AAARgh. What to do?
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    Don't get rid of your roosters. You are allowed to have them and it's your property. You are doing what you can to help the noise. But you don't need to because you have every right to have them. (I love a roosters crow) If he has a problem he can move.
  3. Sphinx

    Sphinx Songster

    May 10, 2010
    This is a tricky situation, and I think that ultimately, you have to decide where your priorities lie.

    Having a neighbor be annoyed with you can be downright maddening. It can make your life a living hell, literally. They can be watching for the slightest misstep, and call the police/city/HOA if you step one toe out of line. That's just if they're cranky, and not flat out vindictive. I've heard horror stories of things neighbors do to one another. I'm a realtor, and you'd be surprised at how often people move to get away from neighbors.

    On the other hand, you can have roosters legally, so you're doing nothing wrong.

    You have to ask yourself: If you get rid of your roosters, will relations with your neighbor be good, or will he just find something else to complain about (like your kids playing too loudly, or too many toys on your backyard lawn or some other nonsense like that). If he's always going to be cranky and complaining no matter what, I would probably keep them. If he was a good neighbor up to this point, and you think that getting rid of them would fix things, then it may be something to consider.
  4. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    Is this the only he thing has complained about? Strikes me as a complainer.

    There is little merit in complaining about things that happen in the daytime: mowing lawns, blowing leaves, loud children, barking dogs, burning leaves, sawing wood. I have a hard time believing that some of the sounds around us actually cause a problem.

    Besides, you live on 5 acres. How close does he have to be to hear the rooster at all?

    I would be inclined to tell that I appreciate his concern and ignore him.

  5. Smoochie

    Smoochie Songster

    Sep 18, 2012
    Possibly offer him some free eggs??
  6. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
  7. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Songster

    Dec 16, 2011
    Yep on the free eggs AND could you "move" the roosters further away from the neighbor?
  8. Smoochie

    Smoochie Songster

    Sep 18, 2012
    Possibly even plant some hedge on his side?? Buffer the noise a bit.
  9. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

    Sep 2, 2008
    Esk Qld Australia
    I now live in the Brisbane Valley on just under 6 acres.(used to live at Browns plains before here ) I have way more than 3 roosters and for me my neighbour's have never complained. One neighbour has chickens and the other one doesn't but he doesn't care. I would tell the silly old neighbour to go jump you are within your rights to have your roosters. How far from his house are your roosters? Some people have nothing better to do than complain. We have alot of people in our small town that complain about anything they can. He is just a bully so don't let the bully win.

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