From staff writer Austin Baird:
Raleigh roosters are safe, at least for now.
The City Council's law and public safety committee decided Tuesday to uphold an ordinance that allows roosters inside city limits.
The council was considering a citywide rooster ban because of a recent uptick in noise complaints related to crowing.
Scott Voorhees argued that the problem is overblown. He owns a rooster and several hens, and a neighbor complained to the city about the noise. He says his rooster crows in the morning and a few times during the day, but rarely makes noise at night and never louder than a barking dog.
Julia Zavada also owns a rooster and several hens. She said roosters are indispensable for chicken owners because they protect against hawks, snakes and insects.
Zavada sound-proofed her coop and locks up the fowl each night, and she said most owners are responsible like her. "If you're responsible, there's no problem," she said.
The council agreed and made no change, though they said city workers will continue monitoring the issue to determine if a change is needed later. "We don't have anything against roosters," said Councilman Mary Ann Baldwin.