At six o'clock it's up with the cock


Zoe writes:

Am I going mad? I live in Comerford Road and over the past few weeks I have heard a cockerel crowing - has anyone else noticed this? I am sure it is not illegal to keep cockerels in london and I'm all for grow your own, fresh eggs, local produce, farmers markets, etc, etc in an urban environment. But, unlike the countryside this is a densely populated area, I'm not sure having a cockerel in your garden is fair game (or poultry for that matter).

Any info on this subject would be gratefully received as I am tired of being woken at 4am, 4.15am, 5ish, 5.30am, 6am, 6.10, 6.15, 6.23 and on and on and on. Never mind the noise pollution from Heathrow planes this cockerel is where its at!

30 comments:

Mezzer said...

If it's not illegal, it should be. You don't need a cockerel for hens to lay eggs, which is surely the only justification for keeping chickens in a city.

Fabhat said...

Apparently not illegal, but could be covered under this:


A Statutory Nuisance is a "material interference with the comfort and enjoyment of another's home."

In practice, the crowing would have to be excessive and unreasonable in the circumstances and significantly interfere with the use and enjoyment of someone's home. Examples could be:

crowing for prolonged periods;

frequent excessive crowing and;

crowing at unreasonable hours i.e. early morning or late at night.

Mezzer said...

Cocks crow at the break of day and so will always be a huge annoyance in densely populated areas.

Jay said...

Its bad enough being woken by the loud pok-pok-pok of chickens (near Hilly Fields)

StLW said...

There have been an upsurge in nosy foxes over the last couple of weeks which have woken my boy. I'm happy to start an anti-urban nature mob. I have a pitch fork.

James said...

Yep, it's in your road. Actually, I'm pretty sure there's two of them. How do I know? Because I live a whole road away and am still being woken by them in unison at ridiculous times each morning. And it's not just mornings. Whenever I'm around at the weekend they can be heard throughout the day.


Keeping chickens is a great idea if you've got the room. Keeping cockerels is a ridiculous one in such a built up area. Cock-a-doodle-do shut up please.

RB said...

To keen producing egg-laying hens, you need a cock. As it were.

I've heard a lot of unreasonable crowing from the local yummy mummy/NIMBY crowd...

Mezzer said...

I'm actually from the West Country RB, and I can assure you, a cock is not needed for hens to lay eggs. The only reason you'd need a cock is if you want the eggs fertilised for some reason. Have you actually lived or stayed near a place where there are cockerels? They are incredibly noisy. All day long.

Monkeyboy said...

ive got images of a bearded hipster wondering when that damn rare breed cockrel is going to lay some organic eggs.

RB said...

Sorry, I meant "to KEEP producing egg-laying hens".

This means you need a boy chicken so that they can keep having baby chickens.

You know, cos all the chickens die eventually, and you can't hatch new ones from dishonest eggs from Coulgate St

Mezzer said...

Oh I see. You're just trolling.

RB said...

No, you don't seem to have a basic understanding of how to breed animals (even those used for eggs)

Bex said...

There is a goose living on Arica Road. He's loud also.

Woodman said...

Luckily in our road, any noisy poultry gets drowned out by the window-shaking car stereos outside.

penfold said...

were on Comerford Road as well and been hoping the local foxes might meet the Cockerel in the night!

penfold said...

if someone can work out the address we can go and have a word. Is too many gardens down to work it out from ours.

Mezzer said...

Oh really? Thought I'd addressed that: "The only reason you'd need a cock is if you want the eggs fertilised for some reason."
So a noisy cockerel has become inflated to a city farm in Brockley has it?

NAT said...

It could, of course, be a crowing hen; A bit of a rarity, but there's certainly one near us and thats not near either location mentioned.


Personally I like this as an alarm clock, particularly as it's about an hour before the real one and allows a bit of reprieve.

NAT said...

Yeah I've also got images of a bearded hipster.

If I was in poultry I'd be desperately breeding this with that in the hopes of producing something I could give that name to.

GIANT GERBIL said...

West Country as is somewhere like Bath or Totnes (i.e. not really the west country)?

Aunty Kate said...

I get woken at 4.30 by the 1st plane coming in. I think I'd prefer the cock

Grateful said...

moaning lot in Brockley.

Monkeyboy said...

theres a lion in malpas road. Or a labrador, i always get those mixed up.

Anon said...

Is it owned by the Irish guy with man with the white van?
Cock O'Van...

Anon said...

I heard that goose last night from revelon road...first
Time I've heard It honk... Maybe it's new to the area? Another north Londoner like me ;-)

Dave said...

A lot of women say that

anon said...

No that's a cock and bull story

Brockley Mafia said...

'We can go and have a word.' Yeah like it, like it. We'll have a word, put the frighteners on them, maybe some of their plants will have an unfortunate accident. Or maybe someone will wake up with a roosters head in their bed.

We all follow Bristol City said...

Where be that blackbird to?
I know where 'e be
'e be up yon wurzel tree
An' I be after 'e
Now I sees 'e, an' 'e sees I
Buggered if I don't get
With a gurt long stick I'll knock 'e down
Blackbird, I'll 'ave 'e!

Ian Convery said...

Earplugs? I love Brockley, disturbing cockerels and a goose ...........priceless

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