Responses to the roosters article in March 22 Sounder

Wednesday, March 30 2016

I hadn’t seriously considered owning a rooster until I read the roosters article in the Sounder last week, but now I’m heading out to buy the biggest, most flamboyant Chanticleer that money can buy. Every morning, around 4:45 a.m., I’m going to encourage him to sit on my fence and crow lustily in hopes of drowning out the incessant bleating of the disappointed bridge proponents.

~ Brian Hoag

Jeremy Baker is only partially correct in saying that “roosters are not necessary for the production of eggs.” Roosters are necessary for the production of chicks, who are necessary for the continued production of eggs. Without roosters, farmers are forced to replace older hens with chicks from hatcheries, which is quite unsustainable. I strongly oppose a rooster ban on this rural island.

~ Leaf Kotasek

I am responding to Jeremy Baker’s request as covered in the March 22 Gabriola Sounder. While I empathize with Mr. Baker and his issue with being woken by his neighbour’s rooster, he needs to give his head a shake. Gabriola is a rural area with the sounds of farm animals. I think it’s great that more people are growing their own food and keeping their own livestock.

I live on a 4.5 acres lot zoned SSR, which borders on both the LRR and the ALR. I have 21 chickens, including two roosters. For several years I didn’t have a rooster, mostly out of consideration for my neighbours. When I built the coop (which is situated more closely to my house than to any of my neighbours) it was with sound insulation in mind. The construction muffles early morning crowing but nothing can mute the sounds of roosters during the day.

While Jeremy is correct that roosters are not required for egg production he needs a lesson on chicken reproduction. The next generation doesn’t just magically appear in the absence of a rooster. Many people who keep chickens breed them: as a hobby, for sale, to increase or replenish their flocks. I sell both hatching eggs and chicks. Roosters are an essential part of a flock for protection against predators.

If you ban roosters you might as well start down the list of other noisy animals: braying donkeys, talking goats, geese, guinea fowl and peacocks. I can hear my neighbours’ sheep, horses and cows and they live quite far from me. 

This is a rural island and we need to support folks who are growing the food that we all eat. With local produce and livestock you can form a relationship with the farmers and really see how those animals are treated.

Many of us who keep chickens find them entertaining and relaxing. After a long day commuting to Nanaimo I hang out with my flock for my hit of chicken therapy.

Sincerely,

Claire Dineen

Regarding roosters on Gabriola: chickens cluck, ducks quack, horses whinny, cows moo, roosters crow. We live in a rural environment. I would rather listen to a rooster crow than to traffic noises, leaf blowers, police/fire/ambulance sirens frequently, or need black out curtains to keep the light from streetlamps out and so on. I guess some people are constantly in search of ways to bring the city into the country. How about we don’t give in to that? 

~ Jean Wyenberg