You crow, you go, roosters told

DANIEL ADAMS
Last updated 11:15 19/02/2013

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Has the cock crowed one too many times?

A council meeting in Hamilton today could clip the wings of rooster owners and ban them from owning the male birds without permission.

The measure stems from the council's staff, who complained that too much of their time and too many of their resources were being taken up responding to public complaints.

A review of the city's animal nuisance bylaw - which excludes dogs - has seen council staff suggest making keeping roosters illegal unless prior approval is sought from the council.

Staff say roosters were the biggest source of complaints and a drain on resources. They added they had been hamstrung by owners refusing to accept their rooster's crowing was a nuisance.

The council also had no facilities to house roosters if they were seized, and even if it did, the council would have to keep the rooster for six months before it could do anything else.

In the last three calendar years the council received 153 complaints about poultry, 84 about roosters with just over half of those specifically about noisy roosters - about once a month.

Today's meeting will make a recommendation to the full council on the issue.

The public will then have their chance to comment.

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- Waikato Times

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