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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 07:57 AM
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Anger as council proposes limiting chicken mating to 10 days a year after complaints about noise
Anger as council proposes limiting chicken mating to 10 days a year after complaints about noise

A New Jersey town council is trying to rein in roosters libidos in a bid to keep the noise down, it has emerged.
Hopewell Township has proposed legislation to limit the number of nights male fowls spend with hens, with the new law also prohibiting too much crowing.

But with plans to try and punish poultry for their instinctive cries, local residents have dismissed the proposals as ridiculous.

You can bet if you have one rooster in there with six hens, hes going to be crowing, said beef farmer John Hart.
Only in Hopewell Township would we waste the time and money on chicken legislation. Other towns are laughing at us, he told NJ.com, despite sitting on the committee that drafted the law.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1367556/Anger-c...
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inademv Donating Member (738 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 08:01 AM
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1. A temporal limitation is silly
Why don't they just mandate better sound protection instead?
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mkz77655 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-11 05:37 PM
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9. true
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 08:02 AM
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2. Is the Regressive Party refering to themselves as chickens now??
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mkz77655 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-11 05:38 PM
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10. hahaha
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 08:37 AM
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3. Until halfway through I thought it was The Onion.
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 08:38 AM
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4. Heaven forbid they just do some proper planning and zoning. nt
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:34 AM
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6. The issue really isn't with zoning.
The person raising the chickens probably is raising fryers, instead of layers.

If that's the case, simply giving the woman a chicken or two every now and then would solve the problem.

The other reason could be, the chicken owner got more roosters than hens when they bought their chicks. Never know what you are going to get. (don't count your chickens, etc).

In that case, it's dinner time for the roosters. But alas, many a suburban chicken raiser won't slaughter their roosters. So the problems begin.

I have neighbors that have chickens. The ones without roosters, you would never know they were even there.

Most people who raise chickens for eggs, don't want roosters. Roosters do virtually nothing for protection other and distracting the critters from getting to the hens.

Limiting the time when they can procreate is pretty ridiculous. It won't solve the problem, because, (like I said above), you don't know what you are getting.

As far as zoning goes, in this day in age, unless it's some business that has lots of traffic and or require waste regulations, there is no need to zone for animals, especially chickens.

Like anyone we see on TV who keeps hundreds of cats or dogs, then it becomes a safety/health issue. Then the law can step in.

This reads to me like two people who just have to work things out, rather than getting all uptight.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:24 AM
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5. Meh, just uptight bullshit...
I live in a suburb of Austin, Texas. Very much residential. A very far cry from the sticks.

In the 1990's, some lady complained about the "noise" from the chickens.

The judge ruled that the "noise" from chickens were
"an act of God". No more problems.

I have several people in my neighborhood that raise chicken. Some of them have roosters.

When I first moved to the neighborhood, I heard that rooster morning, noon and night. (no, they don't just crow in the morning). Now, it's background noise, I don't even hear it anymore unless I make a point to stop and listen.

Fresh eggs are where it's at. If I had more room in my yard, I'd raise them.
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radhika Donating Member (563 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 12:32 PM
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7. Have the roosters been read their rights? n/t
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BroccoliTowel Donating Member (33 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-12-11 11:17 PM
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8. Sounds like
Sounds like the beginning of a joke: "So, speaking of chicken mating season in New Jersey"
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FlaGranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 12:20 PM
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11. Chickens, cows, pigs, and horses.
Edited on Sun Aug-28-11 12:21 PM by FlaGranny
I'm from the New Jersey pines and farm country and aside from small towns, it is all rural. I have never been able to understand why "city foks" move to the country and then start complaining about the smell of the pigs and cows and horses down the road, the crowing of roosters, you name it. We actually had people buy a home right next to a horse farm, move in and then start filing complaints with the township about the smell of the horses (I'm weird - I actually like the smell of horses). Thankfully, they didn't get anywhere.

I guess they think rural means baby bunnies, fawns, and butterflies.

As far as people keeping roosters, in the natural and organic food market, fertilized eggs are prized over sterile eggs - thus the roosters, at least in some cases.

P.S. Forgot to look at the date and thus I reanimated a dead thread.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 11:26 PM
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12. + 1
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