Noise from crowing cockerels are more frequent during the spring and summer months due to the longer daylight hours. It is more likely that the law will consider a nuisance is being caused if a cockerel is crowing at unsocial hours, such as at night,l early morning or late evening. The keeping of cockerels in a built up area is likely to give rise to complaints.
If you are affected by noise from a cockerel at a neighbouring property it is best initially to try and resolve it informally by discussing it with your neighbour.
What can cockerel owners do to help?
It is always worth remembering that you do not need a cockerel for your chickens to produce eggs. It is also a mistaken belief that chickens lay better when there is a cockerel around.
Where possible, make sure the cockerel is as far away as possible from any neighbouring properties. Because cockerels tend to crow from first light, put them into a hen house or coop at night so that they are not aware of the dawn light and therefore do not know when to start crowing. The coop should be kept as dark as possible. If the cockerel is let out later in the morning (preferably after 8.00 am), rather than being free roaming, this can delay the early morning crowing.
Other cockerels in the area will try to complete with each other and this can increase crowing. Therefore ideally only have one cockerel. If a number of different cockerels are kept on the same land this can cause increased noise problems. Consideration should be given to separate coops for each breed. When the cockerels are shut in a night the smaller cockerels and chickens can be in a coop with a lower ceiling height than the larger breeds.
Chicken owners should also remember that they should be kept within the boundary of their own land.
If all else fails
If the crowing continues and the owner/s appear unwilling to respond, please contact us using the details below. Please also see the link to our noise complaint leaflet [PDF 42KB] for further information