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Country rooster doesn't fun afowl of the law

I live next door to a very inconsiderate neighbor who thinks she has the "right" to the noise pollution she generates from dawn to dusk in the form of a rooster. I read in an article that roosters actually make chickens restless and nervous as opposed to "taking care of them." Can you research that? I live on Wagner Creek Road, which is in the country. Does the code about noise (Medford Municipal Code 5.225) include neighborhoods in the country?

— Sharon R., via email

Sharon, we sympathize, but unfortunately your predicament comes with the territory, literally.

While there is very little leniency in Medford's unnecessary noise code for a vocal rooster, there is no such county ordinance, Jackson County sheriff's Sgt. Rick Kennedy said.

Loud agricultural, forestry and mining operations are often located in the country where they are less likely to bother people and are exempt from noise restraints, according to ORS 467.120. Of course, the country also is home to folks looking for a little peace and quiet.

Sharon, as the Sheriff's Department won't respond to the noise complaint, it's up to you to either slip your neighbor this column or graciously ask her to relocate, quiet or barbecue the bird.

As to whether roosters make chickens more restless, that depends on the rooster and the number of hens. If there's one rooster to only a couple of hens, the male's hounding can cause the females to be anxious, said Joe Martin, who works at the Central Point Grange Co-op.

Roosters protect their hens by announcing predators. However, this characteristic also puts them at odds with the neighbors.

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