Rooster, Rooster! Wherefore art thou Rooster?

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?

12 Replies to “Rooster, Rooster! Wherefore art thou Rooster?”

  1. Why does anyone want a rooster? More chickens. Cockfights. Baffling the farmer’s dog and the chicken hawk. Boy, I say boy. ;)

    I feel your pain — our last house the neighbors had a rooster for a while. Same thing, waking us up at inhumane hours. We used to paraphrase-sing that Alice in Chains song, “Here we come to kill the rooster / Awww-yeah….”

  2. my first apartment in la was in a not-so-nice neighborhood in north hollywood. two of my neighbors had roosters that would start their ruckus at sunrise. i was always tempted to call animal control, but was either too lazy or the noise from burbank airport drowned the roosters out.

    i say go for it and call animal control. some animals just are not ok for cities. roosters are definitely up there. it is completely lost on me why people have them here, but you know, different strokes for different folks.

  3. People have roosters in the suburbs too. I have no idea why, all I know is that they don’t just crow at sunrise, but like you said ALL the time.

  4. some idiot on Lucile ave, silverlake has geese in their yard that honk through the night. Geese owner, be warned, I am looking for a good recipe for goose meat then I am coming for them…

  5. Ronenosity, you may be interested to know that fowl that crow or make noise must be kept at least 100 ft. away from any house other than their owner’s. That’s pretty far. If it’s really problematic, you should call your local Animal Control shelter (in your case, the North Central shelter). You’ll have to complain three times before they’ll do more than send a letter, but eventually they’ll help you out.

  6. Actually, the regulations state that in Los Angeles, you can have up to three Chickens and they may not be within 20 feet of owner’s residence, and must be at least 35 feet from any other dwelling.

  7. Not according to what I found, Mrs. Cohen:

    Fowl and other animals (other than cats, dogs, canaries and birds of the Psittacine family) must be kept at least 35 feet from any dwelling, restaurant or food establishment and 100 feet from any school, hospital, or similar institution. (L.A. County Code Sec. 11.16.090.) Any crowing rooster, gamecock, turkey, guinea hen, peacock, goose, duck or other fowl capable of loud crowing or like noise, shall be kept at least 100 feet from any dwelling, residence or living quarters of persons other than their owner. (LAMC 40.03)

  8. I’m not married.
    City of Los Angeles DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL REGULATION
    40.03-Exceptions page 19
    (b)-No person shall keep any rabbit, hare, chicken, rooster, gamecock,
    turkey, guineahen, peacock, goose, duck, pheasant or other fowl
    (except pigeons) closer than the following distances:
    1. Within 20 feet of the dwelling or residence of the owner of
    said animals or poultry.
    2. Within 35 feet of any other dwelling, residence or living
    quarters provided that any crowing rooster, gamecock, turkey,
    guineahen, peacock, goose, duck or other fowl capable of loud crowing
    or like noise, shall not be kept within 100 feet of any dwelling,
    residence or living quarters of persons other than their owner.

  9. Doesn’t that say the same thing that I just posted?

    any crowing rooster, gamecock, turkey,
    guineahen, peacock, goose, duck or other fowl capable of loud crowing
    or like noise, shall not be kept within 100 feet of any dwelling,
    residence or living quarters of persons other than their owner.

  10. Gorgeous Plymoth Bard Rooster looking for a Home! with NO other Fowl. Possible Carrier of Marek’s disease. . Someone dumped 3 chicks in our backyard. Chickens died of Marek’s disease. Rooster Survived.
    Rooster wants to LIVE…

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