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.