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I absolutely disagree! I am a shift worker and my neighbors' rooster crows at all hours of the day and very early in the morning, waking me up and keeping me awake. I have to sleep during the day because I frequently work night shifts. I can still hear the rooster crowing even with ear plugs in and the AC on. This is driving me insane!! I can't stand the sound of the thing crowing, it goes on and on for up to an hour. The hens and rooster decimate their entire area, making it devoid of vegetation. Let's face it, they stink and their coop is downright ugly. Furthermore, the hens and rooster escape their enclosure quite often and come over to my property. This wouldn't be so bad, except that poultry is well known to carry salmonella and parasites in their feces. Salmonella is extremely toxic to horses (I have two) and colic caused by salmonella is sometimes fatal. If my horses become ill and/or die from salmonella poisoning, or contract one or more of the various parasites that chickens carry, who is going to pay the vet bill?

Some chicken owners are responsible, but some, like my neighbors, are really irresponsible. I have been trying to kindly encourage them to do something about the noise from their rooster for three months, to no avail. This has been the cause of a broken friendship and in fact it is now downright war. I will not stop until that thing and others like him are gone from my neighborhood. It's not fair to expect people to put up with the noise and stench in a regular neighborhood, or even in a small holdings situation where property sizes range from 1-3 acres. If I lose my job due to a mistake made because I'm overtired from sleep deprivation, who will pay my mortgage!?! If you want chicks to bring home because it's cool to have free range eggs, buy them from a registered farm (hens only) and build a suitable chicken coop which will protect them from predators. Manage them properly and there won't be any problems with henpecking.

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