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Forget Coco, noisy peacocks are worse
7:40am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A FARMERS’ union says compaints about noisy cockerels are almost unheard of.
We reported last week that Coco the cockerel had prompted a complaint from neighbours in Coles Green, near Leigh Sinton, because of his loud crowing.
The noise prompted owner Alison Oliver to be sent a letter from Worcestershire Regulatory Services suggesting measures to keep his dawn chorus to a minimum.
But a spokesman for the National Farmers’ Union said he hasn’t received a call about the issue for six years.
“I know they can be noisy but we tend to hear more about noisy peacocks,” said Oliver Cartwright, regional communications adviser with the NFU.
“The matter is really a council one but we’d advise an amicable chat between the neighbours concerned in the first instance.
“I think if you live in a rural setting you have to expect some animal noise. It’s part and parcel of the area.”
Advice in the letter sent to Mrs Oliver included keeping Coco in a hen house until 7am and putting a shelf in the hen house to prevent him stretching his head back and crowing.
But this didn’t go down well with his owner, who said birds have been kept on the land for the past four decades with no complaints.
“I am at a loss as to understand why someone has suddenly decided to put in an offical complaint to WRS,”
said Mrs Oliver.
“I have been hatching with schools and Scout groups for years, giving free demonstrations to the children on the hatching and aftercare for these animals. Without a cockerel this would obviously not be possible.
“What a shame someone has taken offence to an animal making its natural noise.”
She said she’s had no further correspondence from WRS, which said it would not investigate the matter if it had no further complaints.
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