this was in my paper today.....................

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  1. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

    Dec 21, 2007
    Backyard fowl a clucking mess
    Los Angeles Times
    Article Last Updated: 06/08/2008 01:44:46 AM PDT

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    Chickens are kept in a backyard enclosure at a South Los Angeles... (LUIS SINCO/Associated Press)

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    LOS ANGELES — When her neighbor's roosters and chickens persisted in running through her yard, G. Stone took matters into her own hands.

    She marched next door and issued a warning: Do something about the uninvited guests or the birds "were going in my pot."

    The incursions stopped. But Stone, a retired Los Angeles County librarian who lives northwest of Watts, shook her head in exasperation as she recalled the incident.

    "I've lived here for 50 years," she said. "All of a sudden, there's an influx of chickens. You're not supposed to have chickens in the city."

    For many, the image of South Los Angeles is that of a paved, parched, densely packed urban grid. But increasingly, it is a place where untold numbers of barnyard animals — chickens, roosters, goats, geese, ducks, pigs and even the odd pony — are being tended in tiny backyard spaces.

    "Most people don't realize just how many farm animals there are in the city," said Ed Boks, the general manager of the city's Animal Services department.

    Indeed, about a block from the beauty parlor where Stone was getting her hair done earlier this month, a pair of goats chewed something dark and unidentifiable as they stood placidly near the traffic whizzing by on a nearby street.

    The cacophony of cock-a-doodle-doos south of Interstate 10 is one of the louder manifestations of a demographic change that has transformed South Los Angeles in the last few decades.

    Once primarily a black community
    — and still the cultural and political heart of the state's black population — the area has absorbed tens of thousands of immigrants from Mexico and Central America and is now predominantly Latino.

    For some folks, the rooster has become a potent symbol of the way their neighborhood is changing.

    "Sometimes, I think it's Mexico," said Tony Johnson, who lives in Southeast L.A. He confessed that after being roused early some mornings, he has fantasized about silencing the birds permanently. "Boom. Boom. Boom," he said, pantomiming how he would do it.

    In South Los Angeles, on the other hand, the crowing — and bleating, quacking, honking, oinking and neighing — has been a growing source of irritation, with callers lighting up city phone lines demanding that officials do something.

    Take the recent rooster-related activities near a local street.

    An 11-year-old boy was chased home from school by a rooster, according to his mother, who did not want his name published.

    Animal Services Officer Jose Gonzalez, who patrols the southern part of the city, said he is getting about five calls a week about rooster noise. He had reports about a pig running down a street and a man who kept goats in his backyard and posted signs advertising slaughterhouse services.

    The rules about keeping animals in Los Angeles are complicated. For the most part, Animal Services officers rely on distance requirements, which vary from animal to animal. Roosters must be kept in an enclosed pen 20 feet from their owner's house and 100 feet from any neighbor's house. Other chickens, on the other hand, can be 35 feet from a neighbor's house, while horses must maintain a distance of 75 feet.

    Many residents, such as Stone, who was plagued by her neighbor's birds in her yard, took pains to stress that it was the roosters they deplored, not their owners.

    Near where she spoke, the distinctive crow of an unseen bird cut through the noise of a police helicopter and the hum of traffic. Cock-a-doodle-doo, the bird cried. A moment later, a goose honked in response.


    LOL she acted like roosters and chickens are different animals too....​
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  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I'd rather have the animals than the traffic noise...

    "Sometimes, I think it's Mexico," said Tony Johnson, who lives in Southeast L.A. He confessed that after being roused early some mornings, he has fantasized about silencing the birds permanently. "Boom. Boom. Boom," he said, pantomiming how he would do it.

    What a racist comment THAT is...​
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Yeah.... I'd much rather have the undisturbed sounds of police sirens and semi traffic to the sounds of a rooster [​IMG] NOT!!!! But, being that they are in an urban area... they really should do all they can to keep their animals confined to their own yards. It just causes so much friction between neighbors, especially in the city. [​IMG]
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Quote:What a racist comment THAT is...

    No kidding. And it's like, You live in LA, dude. [​IMG] If you don't like the people or the culture, move someplace else.
    As far as pigs running down the street, horses hollering, chickens and roosters making noise... sounds like my neighborhood! [​IMG]
  5. debakadeb

    debakadeb Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    It's funny how we each can take a statement differently. The person who said "Sometimes, I think it is Mexico" could be referring to the fact that Mexico is loud -- especially if you have only gone to the tourist areas. He may not have meant it to be a racist comment. I think I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
  6. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    I would much rather have chickens and horses as neighbors than drugies and gangsters. I would much rather hear a neigh than loud raunchy music, street fights and boisterous ruckus.

    To each his own. Let them wallow in the squalor and stench of putrid urban decay instead of enjoying the sweet waft of hay.
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  7. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Songster

    Apr 2, 2008
    Quote:What a racist comment THAT is...

    We've been following this issue in Denver becasue a local LA radio personality appears on a local talk radio show here...

    It IS like Mexico and saying that is NOT racism. Anyone who's been there knows they raise food in ways we do not.

    What they are protesting agianst is people bleeding out goats in the front yard, illegal cock fighting and roosters crowing all night long, as well as "free-raninging" chickens i.e. chickens and roosters free-ranging themselves all over other's property.

    Thsi is about sanity - not racism.

    We would not expect OUR neighbors to put up with such things - why label someone a racist becasue they have decided to A. say something true, and B. protest?

    And FYI - these neighborhoods are filled with BOTH gangsters and drug dealers as well as farm animals.

    And the last time I checked LA is in AMERICA - NOT telling people in LA to get "used to the "Mexican" culture" is insutling.
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  8. Josie

    Josie Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    I sympathies with the neighbors. I go out of my way to make my chicken coop look and smell as good as I can, and try to keep the noise to a minimum. I cringe though when another neighbors rooster crows. I think that it leaves a bad impression in non-chicken owners minds. I think everyone should own a couple of hens in the backyard, but that is not going to happen if current chicken owners don't do a little PR.
  9. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    I am a little confused. Why is it Mexican culture to raise farm animals? If I am not mistaken, that is what we are all discussing here and I don't see anything Mexican here.
  10. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Quote:Because, in the article, a person made the comment that is was like Mexico in their neighborhood, due to the animals.

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