UC experts try to help settle poultry dust-up

Jul 25, 2008

The University of California was called in to help settle a dispute between neighbors in Rail Road Flat over hen and roosters' cackles and crows. According to an article in today's Stockton Record, three rural families have met in court twice to argue the case of the vociferous farm animals, only to come back with split decisions.

"I want to be a good neighbor. But at the same time, this place is zoned ag," the story quotes chicken owner Dave Redmond.

"I have to cover my ears or wear earplugs," Terry Baker was quoted.

The UC Cooperative Extension director for Calaveras County, Ken Churches, asked UC Davis poultry extension specialist Francine Bradley to try to smooth the ruffled feathers.

According to the story, Bradley wrote a number of recommendations early this year, from better-insulated coops to shielding the birds from light.

The article said the Redmonds haven't yet made the changes, but are now gradually moving the chicken coops to a place on their property further from their neighbors' homes.

By Jeannette E. Warnert
Author - Communications Specialist