Council tells chicken farmer to stop his cockerels from crowing after neighbour ... trends now

Council tells chicken farmer to stop his cockerels from crowing after neighbour ... trends now
Council tells chicken farmer to stop his cockerels from crowing after neighbour ... trends now

Council tells chicken farmer to stop his cockerels from crowing after neighbour ... trends now

A chicken farmer has been told to get rid of his roosters because of complaints about them rising too early in the morning.

Cheshire West and Chester Council received complaints from Luke Ormond's neighbours that his flock of crowing cockerels and clucking hens wake them up before 7am.

In 2021, he was informed that a neighbour of his home in Antrobus, Northwich had lodged a noise complaint on the grounds that some of his cockerels were crowing too early.

Council officers visited his home and installed noise monitoring devices, which recorded a cockerel crowing at 6.50am.

Cheshire West and Chester Council received complaints from Luke Ormond's neighbours about his flock of crowing cockerels and clucking hens (pictured)

Cheshire West and Chester Council received complaints from Luke Ormond's neighbours about his flock of crowing cockerels and clucking hens (pictured) 

The council has the power to make him get rid of the flock by issuing a noise abatement notice and regard 7am as the start of the working day

The council has the power to make him get rid of the flock by issuing a noise abatement notice and regard 7am as the start of the working day

Luke didn't hear anything from the council for a long time, then in September, he got a letter claiming his cockerels constituted a noise nuisance.

The letter included several recommendations, including installing shutters on his coops to keep out light and also getting rid of some of the 'problem' birds.

The council has the power to make him get rid of the flock by issuing a noise abatement notice and regard 7am as the start of the working day.

Mr Ormond, 28, said: 'They often start crowing at 6.50am but apparently that's ten minutes too early for some folk round here.

'So it appears that if they had crowed just 10 minutes later, at 7am, there would be no problem.

'The working day begins at 7am, according to their rules.

'In my opinion, in the countryside, that's absolutely crackers.

'The council recorded one cockerel crowing at 6.50am in the morning, which they say constitutes a statutory noise nuisance.

'I can't control what noise a living, breathing animal makes, or when it makes it.

'Maybe I'm de-sensitised to it, being a poultry fancier and living in the countryside all my life.

Council officers visited his home and installed noise monitoring devices, which recorded a cockerel crowing at 6.50am

Council officers visited his home and installed noise monitoring devices, which recorded a cockerel crowing at 6.50am

'But my neighbours are in the same boat.

'I can understand if someone lives in a terrace house with neighbours playing music until one o'clock in the morning, but this is the country.

'We have animals - it's just our way of life.'

The farm worker breeds and sells prize chickens as a sideline hobby.

He keeps up to 100 birds, including cockerels, at any one time at his home.

Mr Ormond said he's been caused a lot of stress by the investigation, which has involved him taking five days off work and losing pay to meet with council officials.

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