When your neighbors hate your rooster

As difficult as it is for me to understand, some people actually have an aversion to chickens. If these people happen to be your neighbors, while you are a poultry lover, it has the potential to create some very unpleasant clashes, in particular over one issue – the crow of a rooster.

It can seem very unfair, especially if your neighbors have a noisy dog, a habit of loud music or smoking, or give you a headache by using their lawnmower every other day – but the fact is, they have the upper hand, because once local authorities hear the scary word “livestock”, your poor little chickens might be the target of an eviction order.

Read on how to evade these unpleasant situations in my latest MEN post:

“My last suggestion is broader and less technical; try to cultivate a closer and friendlier relationship with your neighbors. Give them a few fresh eggs when you can, invite their children to feed your chickens or see baby chicks when you have them. Usually, after people have been your guests, tasted your home-grown omelet, and played with your cute fluffy newly-hatched chicks, they are unlikely to complain over something that isn’t absolutely disruptive.”

2 thoughts on “When your neighbors hate your rooster

  1. This post seems incredibly self-centered by blaming the neighbors and the government for hating an annoying rooster.

    Yes, you have every right to complain about a dog barking at 3 am, just as your neighbors have the right to complain about an annoying rooster or chicken.

    And roosters in particular aren’t never blameless! My aunt lives on 90 acres and has various chickens, goats, and cows. She also had a rooster who was an abusive asshole. He would attack her at any time of day and was otherwise a nuisance. She couldn’t walk from the house to the barn without carrying a stick to protect herself from the rooster. The rooster quickly found himself in the supper pot!

    For the average chicken owner, a rooster isn’t necessary. Chickens will lay eggs without any need for a rooster. So keeping one when you don’t absolutely need one for breeding purposes is silly.

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    • I don’t know if you have missed this, but one of the chief points in my post was choosing a quiet, docile breed. Our current roo is a Brahma who has a rare and muffled crow. He is gentle and friendly. Never put up with an aggressive rooster.

      A rooster isn’t necessary for a chicken OWNER, but it sure is necessary for a chicken BREEDER.

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