Couple Drags Crow In Court For Crowing Up To 200 Times Each Day
An elderly German couple is suing the owner of a cockerel because they claim its 200 daily crows amount to “torture.”
Magda the rooster, according to Friedrich-Wilhelm K., 76, and his wife Jutta, starts cock-a-doodle-dooing at 8 a.m. and doesn’t stop for the rest of the day.
In preparation for court, the couple kept daily logs noting every time Magda crows at their neighbor’s house in Bad Salzuflen, Germany. They want the bird removed.
‘We can’t use the garden and we can’t open any windows,’ Friedrich-Wilhelm told German television.
‘He doesn’t start until 8am because he is locked up at night but then he crows 100 to 200 times throughout the day. It’s unbearable.’
Jutta added: ‘It’s hard to talk about torture, but that’s what it’s like.’
‘A cockerel doesn’t belong on a quiet housing estate,’ said the couple’s lawyer Torsten Gieseke, while Friedrich-Wilhelm pointed out that one neighbour moved away two years ago due to the unbearable crowing.
But Magda’s owner, Michael D., 50, argued that it’s essential to keep the rooster to ensure his hens stay in line.
‘The hens need the rooster, otherwise they would pluck each other,’ the owner protested.
Michael bought five chicks in 2018 for his garden with the intention of harvesting their eggs.
But one of the chicks turned out to be a rooster and quickly began angering local residents.
After several years of enduring the daily crows, Friedrich-Wilhelm and Jutta have reached the end of their tether and are set to face Michael and Magda in Lemgo District Court.
‘We really did a lot of tests. Our kids tried, our neighbours tried,’ Friedrich-Wilhelm said.
‘The neighbour doesn’t give up his rooster and we have to either live with that, or we have to win in court.’
Magda’s court battle on the other side of the pond echoes the struggles of several families in Britain who have complained that noisy roosters in residential areas are destroying their home lives.
Council officials in Worcester are investigating one household after exhausted neighbours said their lives had been made ‘a nightmare’ by a noisy bird who wakes the street at 4am each morning.
Disgruntled locals in May demanded the council remove the bird from the house in Arboretum, Worcester, claiming the animal, who is being kept as a pet, had caused them ‘eight weeks of broken sleep’.