We live on Meadow Creek Drive in Medford. Every morning around 4 a.m. until around 10 a.m. we are greeted with the sound of at least one full-blown rooster crowing loud enough to wake us up from a sound sleep. A neighbor also shared her awareness and concern.
He's somewhere around Spring Street and Brookdale. I cannot imagine it being located outside the city boundary. I am pretty certain there are city regulations about having crowing roosters in the city but I have no idea who gets to monitor such activity. I'd hope seeing an article in your column would result in some family having chicken delight for dinner tonight.
But, if it should not stop, who should be notified? Who gets to patrol at 4 a.m. to listen for the mystery crow, then wake up the owner to tell them they are non-compliant and have been disturbing the neighbors?
— Ron, Medford
We were so sorry to hear about your feathers being ruffled by a rude rooster that we immediately called the Medford Police Department to determine the patrol pecking order, so to speak.
Sorry, but we scrambled to get the bad chicken puns out of our craw.
This question is posed periodically to the SYA coop, Ron. All yokes, er, jokes aside, roosters can be a problem if you are living near a loud-beaked bird.
"Roosters and chickens are not illegal to possess in the city limits," explained Lt. Mike Budreau. "However, roosters in particular have been known to make noise and disrupt the neighborhood."
He cites section 5.225 of the city code pertaining to unnecessary noises. It concludes that "Barking dogs or other noisy animals which disturb the comfort and repose of any person in the vicinity" are a violation, he said.
If the owner of the boisterous bird doesn't remove it, via chicken delight or to a country setting, that person can be fined $150, he said.
Anyone with a loud rooster in their vicinity should call the department when the problem occurs, he said.
Budreau said whoever is on duty will be dispatched to the area, day or night.
However, if the person calling can determine the location of the bird, that makes it easier for the department, he said, citing the time it sometimes takes to find the scofflaw fowl.
"Most people comply when an officer comes to their door," he said of a raucous rooster complaint.
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