Waking up to roosters too much
Moves to ban noisy roosters in urban Palmerston North have ruffled the feathers of Manawatū Poultry and Pigeon Club members.
The restriction was proposed by city councillor Susan Baty, who said roosters crowing at dawn was one noise too many to expect city dwellers to put up with.
Eight other councillors have supported her proposal to include a rooster ban in the review of the Animals and Bees Bylaw.
It would apply to the city, not rural villages, including Ashhurst.
Baty said she had endured a couple of experiences with roosters disturbing her earlymorning slumber.
She had attempted to log noise complaints, but was expected to be able to report the address where the rooster was crowing.
‘‘When you are woken at 5am and you’re in your dressing gown, you’re supposed to work out where the property is.
‘‘There is no reason any rooster should be in the city. Only if it couldn’t speak should it be allowed.’’
Poultry and pigeon club show secretary Ron Pratt said he had been keeping show birds and rare breeds for 40 years without upsetting anyone.
A national show in Palmerston North, the next scheduled for 2018, would be the largest in the country, attracting up to 1700 birds.
‘‘It would be an absolute disaster for me and several others if this was to happen.
‘‘The roosters crow in the morning, but it’s a natural sound and people get used to it.’’
The Animals and Bees draft bylaw still has to be approved by the full council before it is put out for public consultation.