Bristol to Decide Whether to Allow Residential Roosters

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013  |  Updated 8:39 AM EDT
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The City will hold a public meeting to discuss the possible ban on roosters.  Many residents have been complaining about the noisy birds and feel they shouldn't be kept as pets.

The City will hold a public meeting to discuss the possible ban on roosters. Many residents have been complaining about the noisy birds and feel they shouldn't be kept as pets.

There a ruckus over roosters in Bristol and city officials will be talking about whether residents can have them in neighborhoods during a meeting tonight.

Roosters start crowing as soon as they see the sunlight and many residents complain they do not want to hear them at the break of dawn.

It’s not an isolated problem, according to the city planner, who said he's been forced to take up the issue after the noise complaints started piling up.

Eric Carlson, a Republican Bristol city councilor, has chickens in his backyard, but got rid of his rooster because he couldn't take the crowing.

“Oh, I was way tired of it. It was a Sunday morning when I said ‘That’s it. The bird’s going,’ and I got up and I was ready to take care of it,” Carlson said. “(It was)loud enough to wake me out of a sleep and that's really all that really counts. When you start waking the neighbors up its best to get rid of them.”

However, not everyone wants local government to get involved.

“I don't think they should ban it ‘cause it’s like, why don't you ban dogs that bark in the morning and stuff. I think I get woken up by dogs more than I do roosters,” Alisha Pinette, of Bristol, said.

The Zoning Commission will be discussing a proposed amendment to prohibit residents, other than farms, from keeping roosters  in residential zones. http://ct-bristol.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/2416

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Bristol City Hall at 111 North Main Street.

The public can speak at the meeting or submit something in writing beforehand.
 

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