There’s a new cock in the neighborhood

It’s a common misconception that roosters crow at Sunrise. I can tell you from my sleepless experience last night that the crazy birds just go off all night long. Even though I live less than 5 miles from downtown LA., my next door neighbor keeps chickens in his back yard. It would be OK, but I’m pretty sure that he fights them which is awfully barbaric. After a while the cock-a-doodle-dos get more and more garbled and then we go a stretch without hearing from them. Yesterday a new contender came into the neighborhood.

Does anybody know if it’s illegal to keep roosters in the city of LA, or do you have to have some evidence of fighting? He doesn’t fight them at the house, just has the coop. Is there somebody that I can call? I can’t imagine that the police are that interested in chicken sightings.

12 Replies to “There’s a new cock in the neighborhood”

  1. Write a letter and fax it to your local precinct. The officer in charge of your area of the city gets to look good by coming out and answering your complaint in person (sometimes it takes 2-3 days for small complaints). Even if it’s legal to have chickens (and I’m not sure if it is), and even if you have no evidence of fighting, the noise is creating a nuisance, which your neighbor is obligated to stop, just like an incessantly barking dog.

  2. I’m pretty sure you cannot have chickens without a pretty wide radius around your neighbors. I know once (years ago) i had the idea of keeping chickens so I could have fresh organic eggs every day….but it seems there was a zoning thing that you had to have 1000 feet between you and the nieghbors or some such thing….you could easily call the zoning department…..

  3. Ahhh……the sounds I miss of ole Echo Park. There must of been a ratio of 10 roosters per human…………..

  4. Depends on the city. In LA, here’s the regs: Chickens may not be within 20 feet of owner’s residence, and must be at least 35 feet from any other dwelling.

  5. This probably sounds crazy, but I used to live across the street from some cackling poultry in Highland Park, and I didn’t really mind it. Sure, when I first moved there it was a little annoying. But if you don’t dwell on it so much, you get used to it. In fact, I thought it was kind of cool to hear the little cluckers every day. When you grow up in the city, it’s pretty rare to hear something like that on a regular basis, and I felt like it helped to occasionaly remove me from the urban life even though I lived 5 minutes from downtown. Try to adapt people. They’re only chickens, not friggin leafblowers!

  6. p.s. – Cock fighting is really messed up though, and if that’s the case I would call the authorities. Sorry, but I’m not a totally heartless bastard, I just didn’t read the post very clearly. So..tired. Need….coffee…..

  7. Hey Jotoole,

    That’s right where I am. I actually kind of like it, and after a couple of days you don’t really even notice the noise, but if they are fighting, I’ve got more of a problem with it.

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