Crowing cockerels can occasionally cause a nuisance to neighbours. Our officers will need to establish whether the cockerel constitutes a Statutory Nuisance.
In considering whether a Statutory Nuisance exists an Environmental Health Officer will consider the following factors:
- Source of noise
- Environment of noise
- Duration of crowing
- Time of day of crowing
- How often it occurs
Practical measures to minimise crowing
Several measures can be used to minimise cockerel crowing:
- Location of the cockerel - It is important to ensure that the cockerel is located as far away as practicable from neighbouring residential properties
- Competition - Other cockerels in the area will cause them to compete with each other and may result in excess crowing.
- Housing - Keep the coop as dark as possible to minimise early morning crowing as a cockerel will crow when light enters the coop. The coop ceiling can also be lowered to prevent the cockerel throwing back its head and crowing.