Hogansville man ticketed for noisy ro...

Hogansville man ticketed for noisy rooster

There are 6 comments on the MyFoxAtlanta story from Oct 11, 2012, titled Hogansville man ticketed for noisy rooster. In it, MyFoxAtlanta reports that:

A Hogansville man is heading to court after being ticketed for his noisy rooster.

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Cedartown, GA

#1 Oct 12, 2012
now that a low blow what about all the Dogs that Bark about all night come on be for real people give that chickn a break
Ron McClellan

Valley, AL

#2 Oct 16, 2012
This is copied from my post on the "Troup County Citizen" Facebook page about this issue.

Technically, State Law already allows ALL of us to have Backyard Chickens. Unfortunately, by the time the law got out of committee, it was pretty well discombobulated by our legislators.(There were seven different committee revisions as the Bill, originating as a House Bill, went through the paces of becoming law)

At first blush, the law, as it exists today, looks to be self-defeating. Sadly, because it's convenient for Local government bureaucrats who often tend toward "Nazism," like 95% of local governing entities choose to take a truly nonsensical view of what the law says. This is actually irrelevant to this case, since chickens are declared redundantly "legal" in Hogansville already.

I'll say the guy probably needs to retain an attorney, even though he IS on rock solid ground. The reality is that a Rooster is virtually INCAPABLE of creating a noise violation that rises to a level of infringement of others right to quiet enjoyment of their premises, public peace, etc. that isn't surpassed by the average yappy dog. Or the neighbor with three yappy dogs. Or a Leaf Blower, Or the neighbor motor testing his Harley until 1 a.m. etc.

A LOUD rooster generates about 90 Decibels of short duration. The Decibel Level of a Barking dog? About the same, and it can go on for hours ...and hours ...and hours. A Leaf Blower? Up to 110 decibels, though there are quieter ones on the market. A Lawn mower? About 90-95 decibels when new, as the muffler wears, on up to leaf blower levels.

Further, a Rooster tends to crow primarily during certain times, and even then, for short durations. And rarely, if ever at night, unless there is too much ambient light, from a streetlight or security light or something. The same can not be said of a dog. They will bark in the early morning, they will bark all day. They will bark all night. As many of us know, some dogs just wont shut up!

So, I gotta ask, why do folks discriminate against roosters? How many noise violations has Hoganville code enforcement issued to someone with a dog? Someone running a leaf blower? Hmmmm.

I would most certainly challenge that citation. What is the evidence that this rooster is violating others right of quiet enjoyment, any moreso than other "allowable" incidental "infringements? Did they meter the bird crowing? From what distance was it metered? Is there a specific level even codified?

Further, though unrelated to noise, if a rooster escapes the yard, it isn't gonna run down a little kid and shake the poor child like a rag doll. A Rooster isn't gonna tear up the trash and leave it strewn across your yard. It won't kill your neighbors cat if it happens to stray into the yard. It won't pee on the rim and tires of your New Corvette.
Ron McClellan

Valley, AL

#3 Oct 16, 2012
Forgot to post the original source of the article above:


Lagrange, GA

#4 Jan 12, 2014
I disagree. I am about to go nuts because there are roosters in my neighborhood that starts crowing before 5 am. This and some others crow ALL day and through out the whole day, every 15 to 20 seconds. It's like being under water torcher, where the shear repetition is agonizing.

I have nice neighbors and hate to file a complaint, but don't know how much more I can take. Try being in the bed with the flu and having to hear that noise ALL day long.

Atlanta, GA

#5 Mar 21, 2014
Chickens CAN see infra red lighting. This means that if the sun is about to raise, they will see the infra red spectrum of this up coming event.

keep a low watt energy efficient bulb on all night in the barn. This tends to "fool" the roosters and they are fairly quiet during the night and early morning.

Good Luck Cause some of them just crow for the heck of it.

or in event of predators or territory they vie for pecking spots or mating spots

Atlanta, GA

#6 Mar 21, 2014
oh by the way predators are dogs, fox, raccoon, snakes, coyote, bobcat, cat and yes they are in our area and sometime bear or even humans went to a friends who got rid of his he never investigated it the dogs were biting the heads off the chickens when they poked their heads through the chicken wire.....

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