Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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Perkins said that Faucher should “explain that the rooster needs to be shut down or quieted down or terminated. If he can’t, then we’re going to have to go to an ordinance.”
At the next council meeting, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, Nielsen said, he will report back to the council on “how we’re making out with this fowl matter.”
Jon Cox, another Town Farm Road resident who lives near the intersection, said he grew up in a farming environment, but that it is unusual to hear a rooster as persistently loud as this one.
“It drives me crazy,” he said. “I don’t know what it is with that rooster. That one cackles most of the day.”
Cox said he thought the crowing, which has been a subject of discussion among several neighbors, might involve two roosters on the same property, but he wasn’t sure.
“On my farm, if I had a rooster that bad, we had him for lunch,” he said.
Still, Cox said, he wouldn’t rush to amend the law to restrict the birds.
“I respect his right to have chickens,” he said. “I think you have to be careful of people’s rights to do things on their property. I’m a guy for freedoms.”
Knight said the town should pass the ordinance because he believes the issue is not an isolated one.
Nielsen said he fields occasional complaints about odor caused by chickens, but doesn’t remember anyone complaining about their noise.
If the Oakland council agrees to amend the ordinance, Faucher would be able to fine the owner, as he does in the case of barking dogs.
Single, and older, roosters are less prone to shows of dominance and less likely to crow.
A variety of websites offer advice on how to minimize rooster crowing. Suggestions include sealing the coop so that early morning light doesn’t penetrate it, which fools the rooster into thinking it is still nighttime; offering the rooster entertainment to distract it from crowing; and castration.
Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287