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San Diego County Supervisors are looking to tighten up on the rooster ordinance. The ordinance they passed in August of last year aimed at eradicating cockfighting just isn't cutting it.

The law currently allows residents to have one rooster for every half-acre of property and caps the total number of roosters at twenty. But according to a report from county staff, too many people are trying to skirt the law by applying for exemptions such as those offered to commercial poultry operations, youth development programs, and animal shelters.

"While this ordinance has generally been effective in limiting the number of roosters that may be kept on a premises to curb breeding of roosters for cockfighting enterprises, there continues to be a problem with individuals claiming the 4H or FFA exemption in order to keep or maintain a large number roosters that may not be for legitimate purposes," reads a county report.

At an upcoming meeting, scheduled for December 4, supervisors will ask staff to tighten the exemptions offered for the 4-H or FFA programs to further cut down on illegal cockfighting in San Diego County.

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Visduh Nov. 29, 2012 @ 4:29 p.m.

And here I thought this was about all the NOISE they make. If you live close to anyone who has a chicken house, a couple of those things can make the neighborhood a very raucous place.

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Javajoe25 Nov. 29, 2012 @ 5:01 p.m.

Hey, at least the rooster gets you up early, which isn't all bad. I'd rather hear that than to have to listen to the dumb mutt my neighbor has that howls every single time a fire engine or ambulance goes by with their siren on. Plus, if there's a rooster, there should be chickens, and if there's chickens...there's eggs. That's another good thing.

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Visduh Nov. 29, 2012 @ 6:58 p.m.

That's only good if you get some of the eggs. We kept chickens for 10-15 years and the eggs were great, except that with the cost of feed and the fact that hens take some time off to moult it was no economy. The cost of a bag of chicken feed went up every time I went to the feed store. BTW, we kept hens only, no roosters. A couple neighbors were not going to accept having crowing going on in the early am, or any other time.

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Javajoe25 Nov. 30, 2012 @ 11:28 a.m.

Oh, I hear that. But getting back to the chicken and egg thing, the other plus is, eventually it all ends up in the pot, no?

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