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Noise complaints ignite debate over roosters in Raleigh

Posted March 24, 2013
Updated March 25, 2013

— The Raleigh City Council's City Law and Public Safety Committee will hear from the public Tuesday about the possibility of changing an ordinance that allows roosters in the city limits. 

Several residents have complained to council members recently about the distinctive cries of roosters, saying they can harm quality of life. 

Scott Voorhees, who owns chickens, hens and a rooster named Little Big Man, says he hopes the city continues to allow roosters. Vorhees says the animals are pets, and he said there are plenty of man-made noises that can wake residents before dawn. 

"The guy across the street gets his motorcycle going and he tears out of there," Voorhees said. "That's legal. You really going to pick on this when you have bigger issues? It's certainly no louder than a dog barking."

The city has received three complaints about roosters, and on Tuesday the committee will decide if it's a public nuisance. 

City Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin said she's gotten emails from residents on both sides of the debate. Roosters Rooster debate could ruffle feathers in Raleigh

"I've gotten emails from people saying, 'You don't have anything better to do,' so I understand that could be an issue," she said. "I've also got emails that say, 'If you're up at 4 a.m. because you hear crowing that's really harming our quality of life.' It's worth looking at. I want to be responsive to residents."

Tuesday's committee meeting is open to the public and is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Conference Room 305 at the Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett St.


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  • Sherlock Mar 25, 2013

    Sounds like Sunday dinner is coming~

  • saiken Mar 25, 2013

    Scott Voorhees admits that his Roosters are harmful to the quality of life for his neighbors. He justifies his behavior by pointing to other things that reduce quality of life. How can you have a meaningful conversation with people who think like this?

  • Mar 25, 2013

    "YOU should get a rooster and maybe he'd be ready to go to bed before 3:00!"

    That's a great idea! If nothing else HE will irritate the roosters and they will chase him away for good.

  • Mar 25, 2013

    "Barking dogs, loud engines, loud music and screaming kids are much worse that a rooster."

    So are raging drunk neighbors outside partying!

  • redapace Mar 25, 2013

    "I'd rather have these roosters living next to me than the raging drunk neighbor I have now waking the neighborhood up at 3:00am."

    YOU should get a rooster and maybe he'd be ready to go to bed before 3:00!

  • kermit60 Mar 25, 2013

    Dogs, motorcycles, garbage trucks, there are numerous noise makers in this same category. Why go after a chicken? Sounds like someones friend or relative is complaining.

  • Reader X Mar 25, 2013

    Barking dogs, loud engines, loud music and screaming kids are much worse that a rooster.

  • wideNCawake Mar 25, 2013

    .. how about those yappin dogs?

  • kornfan2448 Mar 25, 2013

    "They let one particular church in Durham blast away! I'm sure the church is far louder than a rooster."

    Not sure how that relates to this story, but the church was found to be within the legal limits of the city's sound ordinance. I doubt the rooster is breaking any sound ordinance levels, but I could be wrong.

  • SouthernPackerFan Mar 25, 2013

    I'm surprised roosters are allowed in city limits. We live in a rural area of Wake Forest, Granville County and have hens and roosters. I don't believe I'd feel comfortable having a rooster within city limits unless I had at least 2 acres of land. I'd rather have a good relationship with my neighbors instead.

    Be Careful! Raleigh may take the percieved name of most snobish town in N.Carolina away fron Cary....P.S. Cary allows for them....