So, now Side Neigbors have accquired a rooster. Add Mr. Rooster to the existing mix of five dogs, one rabbit, one parrot and two hens and you can imagine how excited I am. I don’t mind roosters in general. In fact, one of the other neighbors has one and it’s been kind of nice to hear off in the distance. “Off in the distance” being the operative phrase. I probably haven’t explained this before, but their house sits on the back half of their lot, while ours sits on the front. In addition, all of our bedrooms are on the side of the house facing their property. Lastly, we only have about four feet of property on that side of the house. So, the rooster (and the barking dogs and the screaming kids and all of the other bullshit that these particular neighbors are fond of creating) is directly outside our bedroom window. In fact, sometimes the rooster gets to roam freely around the yard which means that at one point he was standing about 10 feet outside my office window and while he crowed his feathered ass off. And they crow all the time. I’ve been woken up at 4:30am for two weeks straight.
I’ve already contacted animal control, so I’m not really looking for advice. What I really want to know is, why do people keep roosters? These people already had hens. Fine, hens lay egss. I can understand that. But why a rooster? I don’t think they’re breeding chickens. What other reason would you keep a rooster in the middle of a city?