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

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