We have some cockadoodling going on in our back woods. It started with just one, then over the summer it got worse. It sounded like there were 2 deranged roosters cockadoodling ALL day and ALL night.
Labor Day morning I was trying to enjoy coffee in the back yard on my day off when I heard the roosters starting up for the morning. That was it, I decided to investigate. I thought I could figure out how far away they were from the neighborhood and if this was some type of neighborhood covenant violation or noise ordinance violation.
I could not believe what I discovered. Tons of roosters, all in cages on a tiny lot. This is a very humane visual of what it looked like. But imagine multiple structures like the one pictured below.
I kept looking around for the hens and asking myself why would someone keep 30+ roosters with no hens… then it clicked. Cock Fighting. This practice is illegal in the United States. I decided I needed to take action.
First step, call the Sheriff Dept. The deputy explained that rooster sounds did not count as a noise ordinance because the sound goes up and down, not constantly one level. Good God, we really do live in the country. He said he would go by the property, but he also encouraged me to call Animal Control.
I learned a lot from Animal Control, and not the kinds of things I wanted to learn. There are no rules at all about animals (number, distance from home/other properties) in Chatham Co. I had Googled Chatham Co NC rules for chickens and found a beautiful list of many rules that these guys were violating. The problem? Those rules were for Chatham Co Georgia.
I did learn that you could file nuisance report, but you need many people to file reports to make your case stronger. And that is how I found Rocky. I reached out to Samantha’s friend’s dad. They live in the neighborhood next to us. And that neighborhood backs up to the rooster property. And… Rocky is a Chatham Co Sheriff.
Rocky is super motivated to figure out what is happening in our back woods. And that is his job. How lucky are we? Rahul is especially happy about this since he was mad at me for investigating the rooster issue because he does not want us/me to be the next focus of Ozark on Netflix. I laughed at first, but then thought more about it. Crap. I don’t want to end up in a barrel of acid never to be seen again. Why this paranoia? Cock fighting goes hand and hand with drugs. I had no idea the can of worms I was opening up when I went to investigate the annoying roosters.
Fast forward to Thursday. I took my lunch break to do an hour hike in Briar Chapel at 2pm. The trails there are so fun… hilly and entertaining. When I came home, I was back to work until my phone rang 20 mins later. It was our security company, and they were calling about a “potential intruder entry.” I remained calm but explained that I had called the sheriff on the rooster people on Tuesday and gave their address. I looked for any potential entries and then was transferred to tech support. Our radio signal was from T Mobile and there have been reports from our area that there is a delay from the signal at our house to alarm company. We have a new control panel that will have a stronger Verizon signal in the mail to us.
What a coincidence, right?
More updates on what is really happening with the roosters soon. Never a dull moment on Wild Azalea Lane.