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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:07 am 
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My neighbour has two roosters about 5 metres away from my bedroom. It's killing me because I am not getting any sleep. At the moment I go to bed around 8pm just to get some sleep before they wake me up but it means I never get to talk to my partner!

I asked the neighbour if he could nightbox them (which I have read about) but he said they don't survive for very long in those conditions.

Can anyone tell me if they have had success with nightboxing to keep a rooster quiet? At the moment they both crow from 4am if I'm lucky, sometimes even 2am and 3am, and every half hour until sunrise. I will buy him a nightbox if it will work...?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:22 am 
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Is it possible for him to put them in a (cat) crate under his house overnight? They are less likely to crow in the dark and any crowing will at least be muffled.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:35 am 
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If they are crowing that early they are almost certainly responding to artificial light perhaps from a bathroom or an external security light. After a fairly extended period of darkness they only need a glimmer of light through a chink in their pen to set them off.
Poultry keepers with close neighbours need to be sensitive to the impacts on their neighbours.
I would give him a recipe for coq au vin.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:04 am 
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Some of my roosters crow all night if they feel like it with no extra light than moon and stars. But I have no close neighbours. It really is arrogant of him, can you ring the Council to ask for their rule on keeping roosters. It's people like him who give all chook keepers in the suburbs a bad name.

Maybe if he doesn't wish to use a night box they could sleep in his bedroom, a few weeks of that might change his mind.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:12 pm 
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Yes they have a laundry he could put it in, perhaps I'll suggest that. Seems like a lot of trouble to dot hat nightly tho when you can just buy young chickens every couple of years.

I am trying to maintain a good relationship with him, but it's hard when I am really suffering so much and he has implied that I'm just being difficult. However he has given away one rooster so that's a start I suppose.

I just don't know why you would have roosters next to your neighbours anyway - we both have a 1 acre property so it's not like there aren't other locations available...basically it's just as far from his own house as possible.

He is a great neighbour otherwise so I am hoping this doesn't ruin it. :(


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:31 pm 
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He really needs to move the hous8ngnso it is not outside your bedroom window. That would be the neighbourly thing to do.

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