Chickens and cockerels can cause a noise nuisance to neighbours when kept in towns and cities.

Prevent noise from poultry causing a nuisance

When keeping poultry we recommend that you:

  • only have a cockerel if you are breeding chickens (no cockerel is needed for chickens to lay eggs)
  • do not have more than one cockerel as this will cause competition and an increase in crowing
  • raise the height of the perch or lower the roof of the coop so your cockerel cannot stretch his neck to crow
  • during the summer, use black out material over your coop so sunlight doesn't wake the chickens
  • paint the inside of the coop black and ensure there are no cracks in the wood
  • site your coop as far away from neighbouring properties as possible

Also see

Neighbourhood Enforcement Team

Community Safety Hub

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551555

Noise Patrol

Friday and Saturday: 9.00pm to 3.00am

Telephone: 01904 551555