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Rooster spurs neighborhood complaints

A Pine Street rooster is too noisy to live in town, a nearby neighbor told the Carrboro Board of Aldermen.
At Tuesday’s meeting at Town Hall, Susan Simone, who lives on North Greensboro Street petitioned the board of aldermen, asking for an amendment to town ordinances.

“I’m presenting this because I’ve been having a two-month rooster discussion with someone,” she said.
Jacquie Gist said she was concerned that some residents who are “sort of growing their own” might be concerned that their efforts to raise eggs would shut down.

Simone said she’s researched the subject and that the rule would only apply to loud roosters and that hens can be productive without the aid of a loud male around.

Simone suggested that the town adopt wording similar to a Chapel Hill ordinance on “noisy foul,” which reads: “It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain on any premises or lot within the town any rooster, duck, goose or other such bird or fowl that by loud and habitual crowing, quacking or honking or in any other manner constitutes a public nuisance. Failure to abate such nuisance within two days after written notice from the Town Manager shall be unlawful.”

Asked by Alderman Dan Coleman how annoying the rooster in question is, Simone said that the crowing recently started at 3:41 a.m. and lasted until past 7 a.m.

The board voted to refer the issue to the town’s staff for review. Coleman asked Town Manager Steve Stewart that the matter be handled expeditiously.

— from Staff Reports

  1. Jamie Bort

    While I don’t want anyone to have to deal with a loud noise early in the morning I do hope that this does not result in people having to rely on commercially grown eggs from grocery stores.