Riled-up rooster raising a ruckus

November 22, 2010 1:07:33 PM PST
Residents of one Long Island neighborhood are crying fowl after they say a riled-up rooster is terrorizing their nightly sleeping habits. Charmaine Cooper wakes up to the sound of a rooster crowing, and she has it all on tape.

It starts, every day, at 3 a.m.

"Half hour, every 10 minutes, two minutes," she said. "He doesn't wait until the crack of dawn."

Families living around Delisle Street don't live on a farm, but a residential area of Roosevelt, where, in fact, roosters are prohibited.

But well before dawn, for at least a year, neighbors hear the same tune - a rooster crow. And most neighbors say that's a problem. Most, that is.

3-year-old Chloe Breland: "It wakes us up!"
Long Island reporter Emily Smith: "Does it bother you?"
Breland: "Nope."
Smith: "You like it?"
Breland: "Yep!"

There is a little humor in it, says Cooper. They call him Rudy the Rude Rooster. But she's gone to three town meetings with documents of the nuisance and says nothings being done.

But neighbors have recently been given new hope when the town came in and set up traps.

Town of Hempstead spokesperson Mike Deery says that while roosters are against town code, it is a family's responsibility to remove them.

"The town, as a courtesy, has trapped 23 chickens," he said. "We have one rooster that is difficult to catch. We haven't given up."

Authorities say one one family had them as pets, against town code, and then just left them behind when they moved. So now, with a new set of traps in place, neighbors hope the final rooster takes the bait and let's everyone get a good nights sleep.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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