About two months ago, some new neighbors moved into a house just a few doors away from us. Like a lot of families, they brought pets with them. Unlike a lot of families, those pets were just under a dozen chickens including a rooster. No big deal, I thought. How noisy can chickens be?
Shauna was the first to notice the regular crowing and it was driving her nuts. I could only barely hear it even when I was concentrating on it. Over time, however, I've been noticing it more and more. It really reached a breaking point on Monday, the rooster crowing like mad while we both tried to sleep in.
I'm reasonably sure that the zoning in a neighborhood of single-family homes probably precludes owning farm animals, but I don't want to be that guy. But what can you do? Go up to their door and ask them to make their rooster hush up? Have them snap back that our dogs will occasionally bark during the day? It seems like we just have to put up with being early risers as long as the chickens are here.