Hopewell Township Limits Cock-A-Doodle-Dooing Between Hens, Roosters

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Roosters looking to get lucky in one New Jersey town are going to get their feathers ruffled.

Hopewell Township has adopted an ordinance that regulates when chickens and roosters can hook up in backyard henhouses.

Seriously, folks.

Additionally, roosters must show they’re disease-free and had better not crow about their conquests. According to the new rules, Hopewell Township residents can have up to a half-dozen hens on half-acre lots. Roosters would be allowed only 10 days a year for fertilization purposes.

Mature roosters are not allowed because they’re too noisy. Any roosters that crow too long can be banned from the property for two years.

Mayor Jim Burd told The Times of Trenton the ordinance is a compromise between today’s lifestyle and the township’s agricultural history.

Perhaps they’d have better luck in Key West, Fla?

Can you believe this is an actual ordinance? Share your comments below

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  1. Bob Borzotta says:

    Noise is a quality-of-life isssue; this cutesy CBS take on a straight A.P. story is just fluff, filler, something to post on the web with a clever comment, “Can You Believe This Is An Actual Ordinance, Folks!!!!????”

    So, yes, CBS, I can believe A.P. did not make up the story and that the township worked on a compromise as its mayor said.

    I once thought a farm could not be a Neighbor From Hell, but it can — disputes aren’t just the thing of cities and suburbs.

  2. Gaby Galore says:

    This is a free country no more. What a ridiculous rule!

  3. T. J. Pollock says:

    These are obviously political hacks obeying a minority of constituents they continue do anything to ensure a full lifetime in office with little regard for issues of importance for quality lifestyles such as managing transportation, dealing with land-use issues, water quality, educational and recreational needs.

    Frivolous legislation is the LAST thing needed in a nearly bankrupt political entity.

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