Cock fight!

July 6th, 2010 · 121 comments

A friend of Kent in San Diego lives in an unincorporated part of the country where raising backyard chickens is legal, despite how his neighbors might feel about it. And if this anonymous note is any indication, those neighbors’ feelings aren’t exactly baby-chick warm ‘n’ fuzzy. (But of course, there’s no way it’s passive-aggressive. Just neighborly concern. After all, it’s all about the children!!!)

In the interest of neighborly relations, I recommend that you get rid of the rooster. If you don't care about all of us that live near you who have to suffer while you collect the eggs, then maybe care about your family that is embarrassed by knowing what your neighbors are thinking. Thank you for your expeditious handling of this situation. Very sincerely, An affected neighbor

related: My neighbor starves his cows!

extra credit: Urban chicken farming — a burgeoning fake trend [Slate.com]

FILED UNDER: horses, cows, & chickens · neighbors · noise · San Diego


121 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Edwina the Defrocked Nun

    Well, at least the grammar is acceptable, if not exemplary.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   H for Toy bang

    I always thought “affected” was kinda like “touched” as in “Don’t worry about the notes he writes, he’s a little touched in the head.”

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:33 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   TeacherLady

    If they were my neighbors, I’d be over there offering to feed the chickens and walk their kids for some farm-fresh eggs. And if it was my family, I’d be too busy eating my deviled eggs to care that someone was collecting chicken-fruit in the backyard.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm   rating: 63  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Goodly

      Bless your heart, dearie. You have a wonderful outlook. May I have this dance?

      Jul 7, 2010 at 10:26 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Belinda

      “walk” their children? Leashes?

      Jul 7, 2010 at 11:00 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   H for Toy bang

      You’re right. You can’t put your children on leashes without them feeling the embarrassment the neighbors feel on seeing them.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 11:11 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   TeacherLady

      Leashes are exactly what I had in mind. There is a reason I don’t have children of my own :)

      Jul 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   Canthz_B bang

      She said walk their “kids”…maybe they have goats too.

      I’m sure someone has already said it, but I’m too tired to read so here goes…

      Unless you’ve lived near someone who has a rooster, you may not know that they crow every 11 to 13 seconds for a few hours each and every morning.
      It’s like fucking Chinese water torture, but at least this neighbor is in a rural area where one might expect farm animals. My Farmer John was in urban New Jersey.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   VM

    But what a tortuous path the note takes! I’d say that neighbor is affected, indeed.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   TeacherLady

    Dear Sam-I-Am,
    I’ve heard about you, denying your inner egg demon, even when offered in boxes with foxes. I do believe you are simply jealous that I can eat food such as omelets and meringue without running away and screaming. I believe if you just try an egg, once, you will want to have them with foxes and in boxes and in a boat and with a goat, you will like my fresh chicken-laid eggs.
    Signed,
    T. Geisel

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:42 pm   rating: 39  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   wb

    Pretty sure that roosters don’t lay eggs.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:46 pm   rating: 77  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Na

      No, but they keep the hens, who do, from fighting each other.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 12:02 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Kes

      But, you know, you can’t have eggs with only hens (well, technically yes, you can. But what’s the point in having hens if your eggs are going to be as artificial as store-bought eggs?) . And hens are quieter than roosters, being noisy only when laying eggs, so neighbors don’t really mind. At least mine didn’t.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 2:37 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   NoAdditives

      Um, are you saying that fertilized eggs are better for eating than unfertilized?

      Jul 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   oi bang

      Do you realize where this discussion is going? Eventually you will realize what you actually eat when you eat eggs. That’s a dangerous territory. You don’t want to go there buddy.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   mamason bang

      Unfertilized, the egg is just that, an egg. Ovum. Fertilized egg = chicken embryo. Either way, fucking delicious with cheese and bacon and pancakes… with maple syrup. A surprisingly yummy food combination. ;-)

      Jul 7, 2010 at 1:22 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   snokful

      I’ve actually eaten a fertilised egg that was obviously… fertilised. I was desperate for food and in a remote part of Laos. It was a pretty revolting experience for a Westerner… veins, green fluid, etc. I gave up after tasting feathers. My local companion ate the rest of the eggs with relish.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.7   oi bang

      Totally with you on pancakes and maple syrup, mama :) I don’t know though if eggs have anything to do with it though, because the pancakes I made were with egg replacement and still they were fucking delicious.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.8   Canthz_B bang

      Two words:

      Animal Planet :roll:

      Jul 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.9   Canthz_B bang

      snokful, maybe you should have tried a little relish on yours. ;-)

      Jul 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   ed

    The annoyed neighbour should buy him/herself a pet fox or coyote.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   infant tyrone bang

      I lived in that area for 15 years, and foxes are rare.
      Coyotes are so common that the chicken area must be well fenced.
      Easiest solution: K-Mart, Daisy (or Crosman), scope, practice.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 12:56 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   J. Cortez

    I have a confession to make. I don’t quite understand the note! I hate to sound slow, but how do the neighbors suffer when the subject collects eggs? Why do they suffer? (Assuming his rooster lays eggs, of course.) Are they adamantly vegan, or members of PETA? And while I always assume there is more to the story with a PAN than we know, I don’t get why anyone should know what the note writer is thinking.

    Maybe I’m over analyzing this one.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Joe

      If you had ever lived anywhere near a rooster, you would understand.
      Roosters. Are. Evil.
      They crow all motherfather night long, with a nice crescendo around 4 a.m. They can really make sleep impossible.
      I think the note is pretty nice, considering the entire neighborhood is sleep deprived.

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   YYC

      I could understand the complaint if it was about noise. But they make no mention of noise at all. Just some unspecified suffering while they collect eggs, and some weird mind reading embarrassment.

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:26 pm   rating: 43  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   Janellionaire

      What he is saying is that the neighbors all around get to suffer from the infernal rooster, and only the family get to reap the rewards from the chickens. He is calling them out for being selfish and inconsiderate. This was probably written at about 2am, which is apparently when most roosters think the sun comes up. Little bastards.

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:28 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   Rillion

      They are certainly inconsiderate, if not selfish. Roosters aren’t needed for eggs– they can’t lay them, and don’t need to fertilize them. In fact there’s no point in keeping roosters around at all, unless you intend to breed them or eat them. And given that you can get chicks for a couple of bucks each, it is pretty rude to keep a rooster hanging around if your neighbors live close enough to be awakened by his *constant* crowing.

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:55 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   Na

      You’re right, you don’t NEED roosters for the eggs, but it’s actually good for the chickens to have around. They’re happier and he keeps the chickens from squabbling.

      And before anyone starts making sexist jokes, I’m talking about chickens, not people.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 12:04 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.6   mamason bang

      I know I’m always happier when there’s cock nearby…

      Jul 7, 2010 at 12:25 am   rating: 84  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.7   veritybrown

      I’m afraid that, in my experience, roosters rate pretty low on the scale of neighborhood annoyances. They aren’t nearly as loud or as persistent as a barking dog or a couple of cats having it out, nor as nerve-shatteringly shrill as cicadas. And I won’t even get into the outdoor domestic disputes, the late-night parties with loud music, the gunfire, or the sirens. If a rooster’s occasional crowing is the only neighborhood noise you have to contend with, and you aren’t capable of coping with that, maybe you should be fitted with permanent ear-plugs.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 12:27 am   rating: 43  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.8   Meesh

      Good lord! Where do you live?

      Jul 7, 2010 at 7:49 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.9   clumber

      i’ll take roosters over infernal evil screaming peacocks every. single. time.

      (Well, except the other 3/4 of the year when the stupid things shut-up…. since roosters don’t ever shut-up.)

      Jul 7, 2010 at 8:10 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.10   Greg19621647 bang

      I have to admit the last set of neighbors I had. I live on the second floor with neighbors above, below and across the hall. A barking dog across the hall, a kid that ran all night above us, hardwood floors and a woman, that i estimate her weight at around 500 pounds downstairs. Not sure of what perverse acts went on with her running around in high heels at two in the morning but it was aggravating. I’d have taken a couple of roosters.

      I have one extra concrete block and some chain left, it should take a rooster to the bottom of any lake.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 8:12 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.11   Z

      I like roosters far more than children. We won’t get in trouble for eating the damn rooster. Children are just as loud in the neighborhoods I hang out in, screaming little fuckers.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 11:11 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.12   veritybrown

      Meesh, the only place we had gunfire was Topeka, KS. The other noises, however, I’ve encountered living in small towns all over the country.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.13   veritybrown

      Oh, I forgot about the artillery range over at Ft. Riley. The range was 30+ miles away, but any time of the day or night, we might feel like we were living in a war zone. Didn’t help that 9-11 happened while we lived there, either.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.14   notolaf

      I don’t know what this lady is complaining about. We had a neighbor that one summer took a consignment of rooster chicks. Did you know that roosters have to learn to crow? And they practice constantly?

      But that still wasn’t as bad as when the same neighbor decided to build four large new chicken houses across the fence from us and upwind. Half a mile from her house, though.

      Jul 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   leftfoot

    Hey, at least they wrote a note. Where I come from, neighbors would just kill the chicken in the middle of the night.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   HandyMarigolds

      Both moves are what my people call “chickens-hit.”

      Jul 7, 2010 at 10:44 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   zenvelo

    what ARE the neighbors thinking?

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   El Jefe

    1.) Roosters do not lay eggs.

    2.) It is not required to have a rooster to get the hens to lay eggs.

    3.) Keep the rooster. It annoys your moron neighbor.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:56 pm   rating: 53  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   ISpy

    After reading this 5 times, I’ve come to a possible explanation. The note writer appears to be concerned about the rooster only, whatever horrors occur when the eggs are collected, and has outed the suburban farmer’s mind-reading family members. So, what we have here is a rooster who wakes up the neighborhood as the farmer collects the eggs in his wife’s undies while the farmer’s children receive pervy thought messages from “An Affected Neighbor.”

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   John

      Janellionaire’s explanation makes more sense. “We all put up with the noise, but only you get the eggs.”

      (I love the next bit, which I read as, “you’re an embarrassment to your parents what with that hippie backyard farm.”)

      Jul 7, 2010 at 1:22 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Jonathan

    That cock was fucking delicious and vice versa.

    ETA: Affected? Like John Hurt affected? Or are they more like Tim Curry in affected? Or, surprisingly, might they hew more toward the John Wayne end of the spectrum?

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   se

      Jonathan,
      don’t ask, don’t tell…

      Jul 7, 2010 at 7:53 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   debkatz

    You know, being a city girl, my first instinct was, “Gosh, if they get rid of the rooster, they’ll eventually run out of eggs!”, but then it occurred to me that the chickens lay eggs regardless if there’s a rooster or not. My reaction here doesn’t justify the note writer or anything, I’m just thinking out loud about my ignorance. I wonder if my neighbors are affected by my ignorance or if my family is worried about what the neighbors think about my ignorance. I wonder if I can lay eggs without a rooster. Perhaps one day I’ll wonder why I crossed the road. Crap. I should never take an Ambien and then read PAN!

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm   rating: 40  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Janellionaire

      Last night i took an ambien and then tried to respond to every comment on a picture on Awkward Family Photos. I would tell you it was hilarious, but a side “affect” of ambien is memory lapse. What happens in ambien, stays in ambien.

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:31 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   debkatz

      @Janellionaire: Friend, I will never run for public office….

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   Nack

      Chickens (hens) indeed do lay eggs whether there’s a rooster around or not. In fact, you don’t want to have a rooster around if you’re getting eggs to eat, he fertilizes the eggs. And you don’t want to eat the fertilized eggs, those are baby chickens in the making. The ones you get at the store are unfertilized. Generally you tell them apart by holding them up to the light. A fertilized egg has a dark shape inside.

      The problem with the rooster is that he crows. He crows for dominance, he crows for territory (at other animals/people/cars/the wind), he crows at the hens, he crows when he’s startled or annoyed. They crow constantly, (unlike cartoons showing just in the morning) and it’s really loud. I’m only saying that because you’re a “city girl”, and maybe you don’t know that. It’s worse than a yippy dog, because it echos.

      My neighbor had one, and that bastard would crow when I went in my yard because I was near his territory. SO annoying. They need a lot of space, and suburbs don’t really allow for as much as they need.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 10:59 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   prairielily bang

    I suspect this note was actually written by the note receiver’s spouse.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   alison

    a very posh sounding neighbour… who obviously does not realise that roosters don’t lay eggs, chickens do. apparently the guy’s famiy is psychic too… wish i had an egg-laying rooster and psychic family!

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Cheryl

      My grandma’s favorite joke went along like this

      It starts with the poor kid she harangued into asking: Do roosters lay eggs?

      Grandma: Only the soft shelled kind! (Cackles tirelessly for a while)

      Kid: (rolling eyes)

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   mamason bang

      I don’t get it. :-|

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:23 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   Z

      Oh good, I don’t either!

      Jul 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   Canthz_B bang

      alison, a rooster is a chicken, but only the hens lay eggs.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.5   sarjo

      mama and z: soft-shelled egg=POOP
      anything about POOP=tireless cackling from the olds

      Jul 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.6   notolaf

      Oohhhhh! Funny.

      Jul 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.7   mamason bang

      :-|

      Jul 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Snarkmeister

    Roosters suck. I live in a suburban city (over 100K people) and my next door neighbor had chickens and a *fighting cock* in his backyard. That rooster crowed ALL day and ALL night. Midnight? Crowing. Four AM? Crowing. I work from home and once tracked how many times it crowed: over 110 times in 2 hours. Just think about that, my friends. An average of almost once a minute. Would you really want to live next door to that?

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   oi bang

      ha! I thought I was the only one on this board with a chicken farming and noise polluting neighbor! those SOB fucking bastards starts crowing at 4 in the morning and won’t stop until the whole apartment is up and about.

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   mamason bang

      oi…You have apartment dwelling chickens where you live? That’s messed up! :lol:

      Snarkmeister… Apparently living in close proximity to noisy roosters makes you a bit wonky in the noggin. When you start tracking the number of times a rooster crows in any given hour, you may want to consider moving. Just an afterthought… did you perhaps put this empirical data on a proper “crow” chart?

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:30 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.3   Janellionaire

      Sounds like you get a lot of work done at home.

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:32 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.4   oi bang

      oh I should clarify, that’s a neighbor from the house next to our apartment. Our apartment overlooks on his backyard. incidentally I have not seen the chickens yet just heard them.

      Jul 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.5   veritybrown

      There’s something very wrong with a rooster that crows that often. Something equally wrong with owners who can put up with it themselves. But something even more wrong with a man who actually counts the number of crows over the course of two hours.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 12:34 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.6   Joe

      That’s what roosters do. They crow A LOT, and especially between 3 and 5 a.m.
      And nothing more ear-piercing that that sound.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 1:01 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.7   wfa

      Yes there is; an infant crying is far more ear-piercing than a rooster’s crow, and they also tend to cry at night and wake up everyone around it.
      Can we get rid of babies now?

      Jul 7, 2010 at 3:40 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.8   clumber

      #17.6 – peacocks are more ear-piercing. There is, as one might presume, one living too fucking near our house… I can’t find where the damn thing is roosting or I would happily pierce its pea-sized brain with any number of firearms or bow.

      Every morning (in Spring/Summer) it starts up at 3am BLAHHHK!! and doesn’t stop BLAHHHHK until around 10pm. Recently our neighbor got a couple young goats… I have no issue whatsoever with the goats except that they have now joined the peacock so every morning starting at 3am we get, “BLAAHHHHK! ” “maaaaaaah” BLAAAAHHHHK!” “maaaaaaah”.

      Does Ambien block such from your brain, or do you just B. no longer give a damn or C. invent fantastic dreams involving torturing of peacocks? Wonder if muttering “peacock” maniacally would be enough to get a Rx from my Dr….

      Jul 7, 2010 at 8:22 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.9   hatesroosters

      I hear ya! My neighbor 2houses down had a rooster that crowed 24/7. The family was terrified of the stupid rooster, keeping it locked in a dog kennel. It would attack her kids,her and it killed their 3 hens. Roosters suck. they finally got rid of it b/c it was scaring her 5 kids. Nevermind that it bugged the HELL out of the neighbors for a year and that roosters are ILLEGAL in the middle of the suburbs in my city. I hope something ate it. I bet it WASN’T delicious either.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 8:47 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.10   veritybrown

      How often an individual rooster crows depends on a lot of things. There are nasty roosters with WAY too much testosterone onboard that simply need to be put down, for everyone’s safety and peace (not an uncommon problem among male animals, alas). But tarring all roosters with the same brush, or suggesting that there are no worse noises in the world, is just stupid.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Cheryl

    I can see where these folks are coming from. Roosters can be aggressive little bastards, and loud, not to mention in general, chicken feces is unsanitary and carries varying pathogenic microbes.

    Though really now, a dog can/does have several diseases harbored in their feces too and lazy assed owners of those still let the blighters crap everywhere around the neighborhood regardless. At least the chickens are (hopefully) staying in this dude’s backyard.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:11 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   debkatz

    What we have here is….CHICKEN WARS!!!! Which, when you look at it, appears oxymoronic.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:32 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   infant tyrone bang

      CHICKEN WARS…..I just closed my eyes and it still appears oxymoronic.

      Those opposed to these wars are CHICKEN DOVES ?
      Those in favor are CHICKEN HAWKS ?

      Jul 7, 2010 at 12:26 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   mamason bang

    What do you mean your rooster is missing? *burp* :-|

    That coq au vin was fucking delicious!

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:33 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Hypothetical

      I prefer Chicken Con Crema myself. Chicken in a cream sauce so rich, so thick, you will think the chicken was born in it.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 4:52 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   Ponytail

      I can hear this is in my head but I’m buggered if I can remember the comedy routine. I know there’s a bit about ‘wishing to penetrate the chicken’.

      Jul 9, 2010 at 5:26 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   AJ

    Anybody who has neighbors within hearing distance and keeps a rooster (legal or not) is a complete prick and deserves eggs thrown at his/her home on a daily basis. Kent should be glad this note is all he got. I would be a far less understanding neighbor (who would also have chickens).

    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:54 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   FeRD bang

      I don’t see why Kent should care, it’s not like they’re his chickens. Although I suppose if those affected neighbors managed to reach critical mass for a good, old-fashioned lynchin’ mob, then Kent would be out one friend. It’s always a PITA having to go back to the Friend Store and get a replacement.

      Jul 8, 2010 at 2:15 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   mamason bang

      Pita= Pita or pitta is a round pocket bread widely consumed in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.

      PETA= People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

      Just a thought: Why isn’t it PFTETOA?

      Jul 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.3   FeRD bang

      (Just for the record: PITA = Pain In The Ass.)

      Jul 26, 2010 at 10:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Ben

    How dare he say he’s affected without mentioning what his affectation is. What’s his affectation, hyper-sensitive hearing? Bird gender-confusion (Roosters don’t lay eggs.)? Chronic note writer? What’s his affectation?

    Jul 7, 2010 at 12:24 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   ScubaLiz

      Thank you Ben; my thoughts exactly! What a rude and inconsiderate neighbor.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   Emily

    My parents had a neighbor once who was raising a rooster for 4-H. My parents’ dog bit the rooster’s head off when the rooster stuck its head through the chain link fence to taunt the dog. My dad had to take the head next door and confess. The neighbor was relieved, because roosters are a pain in the A.

    Jul 7, 2010 at 1:14 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   chrys

      I love your parents’ dog.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   mamason bang

      That’s illegal in most states.

      Jul 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Annapolitan

    I wouldn’t mind if my neighbor kept hens, but a neighbor who keeps a rooster is not interested in being a good neighbor. A rooster is not necessary to keep hens laying eggs; he’s a noisemaker, nothing more. Ditch the rooster, keep the hens, and keep your neighbors happy.

    Jul 7, 2010 at 1:52 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Sarah

    There is a big difference between having chickens and having a rooster. Chickens may be perfectly legal but I doubt roosters are. There is absolutely no need for these people to keep a rooster either. They are an absolute menace. They can be very loud, very early in the morning, and also quite aggressive. Keeping a rooster is seriously inconsiderate. Get rid of it, keep enjoying the eggs from the chickens and keep your neighbours happy.

    Definitely team sleep-deprived neighbours.

    Jul 7, 2010 at 2:08 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Meesh

      I never met a cock I didn’t like.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 7:57 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.2   mamason bang

      Why did the chicken cross the road?

      To get to the other side.

      Why did the rooster cross the road?

      Because his dick was in the chicken.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.3   ScubaLiz

      Why did the neighbor cross the road?

      Because he was stapled to the chicken and the rooster.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   thursdaynext

    Seriously wondering if your roosters are louder/more confused than our cockerels.

    Because a cockerel won’t crow at night. During the day sure, but they sleep at night funnily enough.

    We had two once, and I know a lot of people in the village have them and never have they crowed at night.

    Maybe they just need better coops- the streetlights may be confusing them.

    Jul 7, 2010 at 2:51 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Hypothetical

    Actually, Roosters can lay a certain kind of egg.

    See : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockatrice

    According to Alexander Neckam’s De naturis rerum (ca 1180), it was supposed to be born from an egg laid by a cock[4] and incubated by a toad..

    Bwa ha ha….

    Jul 7, 2010 at 4:56 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Splint Chesthair

    Grew up on farm, learned to sleep though rooster crows. Live near train tracks, learned to sleep through trains.

    Have had dogs and babies, never learned to sleep through barking or crying.

    Jul 7, 2010 at 6:40 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Not That Nicole The Other Nicole

      I was thinking almost exactly this only substitute trains for airplanes. And the babies were admittedly not mine, but my aunt’s.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 7:52 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   Party in my pants

    I agree… you can learn to sleep with roosters around. Besides if you get rid of the rooster the hens may all turn lesbian. Not that there’s anything wrong with that… just saying.

    Jul 7, 2010 at 6:53 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   clumber

      Some of us “turn lesbian” regardless of the availability of willing cocks in the environment.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 8:25 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   Katy

    Roosters don’t lay eggs…they’re male…just saying…

    Jul 7, 2010 at 9:18 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   Rooster Lady

    I have to weigh in… I am the FORMER owner of said rooster that prompted this lovely note.

    If the author of the note of question had merely knocked on our front door, and asked “what the he!! are you thinking, having a rooster???” we could have explained that said rooster had been sold to us as a HEN, had been adopted as a pet by our 10 year old daughter, named “Midnight,” and thus could not be made into chicken fricasee when his true gender became known.

    I cringe a bit at killing and eating my kid’s pets, you know?

    After posting an ad on Craigslist – “Free Black Orpington Rooster!” he was gone within a week.

    Now we only have to listen to the other three roosters in the neighborhood.

    Jul 7, 2010 at 10:09 am   rating: 39  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   bev

      The urban schools I work for have chickens, so I feel your pain on the one hand. Once you name anything, there’s no eating it. And chickens are apparently tough to “sex,” so we’ve ended up with roosters that had to go to “a nice farm where they can roam free.” Ahem…

      BUT – double check your area’s laws. While we can have up to 6 hens where my school district is located, it is indeed illegal to have roosters. Don’t know if you’re in the same boat. Your neighbor may have written a lovely PAN, but you might have been wrong not just in terms of neighborliness, but in terms of code violations.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 11:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.2   Canthz_B bang

      You named your daughter “Midnight”? 8-O

      Jul 7, 2010 at 11:22 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.3   The Elf

      Clearly named after her conception. It’s a new trend. That’s why there’s so many kids named “Brandy”, “Porshe”, “Brittany”, and “Orlando”. I’m waiting to see a kid named Condombroke.

      Jul 8, 2010 at 11:29 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.4   sarjo

      I’m awaiting the birth of little JesuschristIthoughtDepoProveralastedsixmonths Smith

      Jul 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   Elmo

    The poor sod. Imagine what he would do if his neighbor had an amorous bull instead of a rooster!

    Jul 7, 2010 at 10:24 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Reeseman

    If you have ever kept chickens, you know that a flock of hens is happier when they have a rooster around. He stands guard over them, finds things for them to eat, keeps the peace and mates with them, which is something they naturally desire. It is true that hens will do just fine without a rooster, but they’ll be even happier with one. Having two roosters, however, just makes everybody miserable.

    Jul 7, 2010 at 11:10 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   sarjo

      My pimp does all those things too!

      Jul 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.2   Kimmypie

      Two roosters make everyone miserable.
      Yet, it only takes one pimp to make everyone (except the pimp, of course) miserable.

      Team pimp all the way!

      Jul 12, 2010 at 5:55 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   Rooster Lady

    In our area (it’s an unincorporated, rural area outside San Diego) many people have chickens and roosters. Code wise, we are completely allowed to have all sorts of livestock… which makes me think we need to get a pig and put the pen right next to “affected neighbor’s” bedroom… That wouldn’t be passive aggressive, would it? ;)

    Jul 7, 2010 at 11:44 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #34.1   TeacherLady

      Imagine his shock and condemnation when you go to collect eggs from the pig.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #35   Gandalf

    I had a neighbor that owned chickens, and a rooster. She would bring over fresh eggs. The rooster, however, was soooo annoying that I was beginning to realize that the fresh eggs did not overcome the lack of sleep. I had just about decided that I had had enough, when the rooster stopped crowing. The next evening, my neighbors invited me over for the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Apparently you eat the roosters. And yes, that rooster was fucking delicious!

    Jul 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Ember bang

    If they can’t handle a Rooster, how would they react to a Peacock? Those birds cry like babies! I camped near a family of them once. It sounded like a child screaming “Ooww!” over and over and OVER AND OVER…

    Jul 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   clumber

      Your peacocks must be better educated to enunciate. The infernal one here just BLAAAAHKKK!!! A co-worker recently told me about being woken (awoken? Judges?) at o’dark thirty one early early pre-sunrise morning at a lake cabin by someone screaming HELLLLLLLLP!!! in a frantic high-pitched voice – over, and over, and….. She ran, barefoot and in just a t-shirt, down to the lakeside with a life-jacket to throw thinking some poor soul was drowning. Nope. Just a peacock. HELLLLLP! She cut her trip short as her adrenal gland just couldn’t cope with hearing HELLLLP every night.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.2   notolaf

      woken

      Jul 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #37   shaniatwainHEY

    Hey yalls. How you doin? Any man of mine better say unincorporated part of the county, not country.

    We tried to unincorporate part of MY country once. Our yank neighbors… well lets just say they didn’t like our rooster. We stayed incorporated though. Which left solely the outskirts of municipalities unincorporated into cities commonly referred in the American vernacular as unincorporated, yall. Pay attention to me! Man!

    Jul 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   veritybrown

      +10

      Jul 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #38   snokful

    Travelling in Asia, there are so many roosters, that they just become the background noise. I might find it pretty irritating to have just one next door though… though by rights I shouldn’t.

    In Australian suburbs I’m pretty sure you’re not allowed to have a rooster, but you are allowed to have the hens, as long as the chook pen is a certain distance from your neighbours’ fences. I’m sad I have a small backyard now *sob*.

    In Darwin we get all sorts of loud wildlife noise at night… bats squabbling over the palm fruit outside your window are really loud, and there’s a couple of species of nocturnal birds who sound like repetitive mournful wailing children… bit like peacocks…

    Jul 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   aaaaaa

      Depends on the area of Australia. We’ve had roosters before, and it was legal.

      I’m surprised, they weren’t nearly as loud as the ones on PAN. Crowed every now and then…and fought to the death with the neighbour’s rooster.

      I miss you Rocky.

      Jul 12, 2010 at 5:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #39   HeatherW

    “Neighbor relations” eh?

    Bow-chicka -wow- WOW!

    Jul 8, 2010 at 9:52 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   LadyBelle

    I understand hating the rooster, those can be annoying and aggressive. I’m not sure however, how the collecting of eggs is so traumatizing to the neighbors. Are they confused on the facts of life and think the chickens have to breed for egg collection, or that there is something sinister happening?

    Jul 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   FROGET ME NOT

    I animal sense that some of you wanna do away with my uncle ROO …..
    ..A vely sirius & dengueroos o fence to hour family
    Shall we miaaw instead w’hen you breed your own

    A very effective neighbour.

    Jul 9, 2010 at 6:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   katiewatie

    I don’t understand this note at all, even after reading through all the comments.

    How does the collecting of the eggs cause the neighbour to suffer? The neighbour indicates they suffer “while” the eggs are being collected, not as a result of the eggs being created in the first place.

    I’m very impressed by the mutual mind-reading between the neighbour and the children though – that’s quite a trick.

    Jul 14, 2010 at 8:02 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   SDRoosterNoise

    For those who do not live in the unincorporated area of San Diego County you cannot begin to understand living next to someone with roosters! Roosters crow all the time, and the more roosters the neighor has the more they crow. Obviously the author of the note has trouble with the hen vs. rooster concept, but the message is clear. Your rooster is making noise and the neighbors don’t like it! http://www.roosternoise.com

    Jul 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
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