Noisy Roosters Banned in De Queen

OCTOBER 6, 2006 - Posted at 3:54p.m. CDT

DE QUEEN, AR - Roosters won't be roosting in De Queen under a new city ordinance that takes effect October 19.

The De Queen City Council approved the ordinance regulating the ownership of fowl within the city limits.  The ordinance is modeled after a Rogers ordinance when that city had a similar problem.  The ordinance bans roosters within the city and limits hens to four per single-family dwelling.

Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy says the ordinance is in response to resident complaints.  McKelvy says roosters that are near a street light will crow all night.

The ordinance applies to all domesticated fowl including guineas, and requires a permit from the city.  It does not apply to birds kept indoors as pets or to commercial poultry processing plants.

Violations carry a fine of up to $500.

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