Reports of a Rooster in Columbia Heights is it Legal?

The famous 11th street fowl last caught on film in 2008

“Dear PoPville,

I live between 13th and 14th on Newton st and for the past couple weeks have been woken up every morning by a rooster cock-a-doodle-doo-ing. Is it legal to have roosters in the city limits?”

Actually a topic that comes up every year or so in Columbia Heights. I believe CM Tommy Wells introduced or was considering introducing legislation to legalize some degree of fowl in the District but I don’t think it got anywhere. So at the moment this is not legal. Anyone else hearing the cock-a-doodle-doo-ing?

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  • justinbc

    This is a cockery of the justice system.

  • I would totally trade the squirrels/ raccoon/ etc that make my roof their playground every morning at 5 am for a rooster. (except on Saturdays)

  • There’s one somewhere around 13th/Spring/Holmead, or someone has a REALLY loud alarm set to “Rooster.”

  • I don’t see a problem, I’ve had a parrot and the cops never gave me a ticket… They actually sell furry chickens at a Parrot shop in Centerville VA as well… And KFC sells plenty of chickens everywhere around the world, though not the petting kind.

  • We live on the 1300 block of Monroe and we hear him ALL THE TIME. It’s apparently a myth that roosters crow (only) in the morning. Fortunately, it’s not so loud that it wakes us up, but still.

  • I’ve heard this guy almost every day on my way to work (usually around 8:30am, when the sun has been up for a while), walking down Monroe between 13th & 14th.

  • This is so typical of this city: if someone doesn’t like something, the first question asked is “Is it LEGAL???”

    • Oh yes, it is soooooooo different in every other city

      • Actual LOL. 🙂
        In the flowchart for “This issue is bothering me. What can I do about it?”, I think it’s not unreasonable to ask, “Is it legal?”
        If the answer is “no,” then the OP has the option to report the offender to the city. If the answer is “yes,” then the options are different: “Nicely ask the neighbors to do XYZ,” “Do nothing,” etc.

        • I disagree. I think it’s quite a leap from “it bothers me” to “it’s illegal”. Most things that bother me are not even close to being illegal, so I wouldn’t say it’s reasonable to draw a straight line between the two.

          • The flowchart line is not between “It bothers me” –> “It’s illegal.” If the flowchart is addressing “What do I do about something that’s bothering me?”, the possible courses of action are different for something that’s legal vs. something that’s not.
            Why is it a bad thing for someone to want more information? If the answer was “Actually, it’s totally legal to have roosters in D.C.,” then the OP might decide, “OK, this is one of those annoying-but-legal things, so I guess I’ll just have to deal with it,” or “Hmm… maybe if I band together with some other neighbors and nicely talk to the rooster owner, we can convince him to resettle the rooster with his sister in Maryland.”

          • whats typical in dc is people talking about flowcharts.

            *slow clap*

          • I was thinking more of an Oatmeal-style flowchart, like this:
            I guess I can count myself fortunate that I don’t have to deal with any flowcharts for work, only in the Oatmeal or in something like Rap Graphs:
   (not a flowchart)

      • Actually, it IS different. In other places that I’ve lived, the first thought might be “how can we fix that?” Whether or not a problem is “legal” and whether or not legal means should be used to address the problem isn’t usually anywhere near the top of the list of questions or solutions.

        • What if the OP’s flow chart was:
          1. Something is bothering me. Determine potential courses of action.
          2. Determine if its legal.
          2A. If it is not legal, potential course of action is to ask person not to do it, citing illegality of their actions.
          2B. If it is legal, no courses of ation available. Think twice about asking the person to stop. They have a right to do it.
          2C. (applicable regardless of legality of situation): Resume posting about Maryland drivers not respecting the bike lane and determine where JustinBC’s next HH will be.

        • And I have lived in cities where that is a perfectly normal question. You did not make an effective counterpoint.

          • But perhaps that was not the goal. It’s a clucking shame that discussions have to be reduced to competitive debates rather than opportunities to share different experiences and perspectives.

        • one way to “fix it” is to make it illegal. but before you try to do that you should ask if it is, in fact, already illegal.

    • amen brotha… a-effing-men

    • There is really no good reason whatsoever to keep a rooster in the city. Certainly if you have egg-laying hens you don’t want a rooster around.

      Truly the only reason to keep a rooster is to breed more chickens, or for cockfighting (or I guess maybe as a weird pet)

  • There is definitely one very near 14th and Monroe. I have been contemplating calling animal control all summer…

  • It’s technically allowed but you need to have a very large backyard to meet the requirements of distance from residence. I looked into this quite a bit a few years ago and came to the conclusion that raising chickens in the city is a terrible idea.

  • Pretty sure it’s in the backyard or roof deck of one of the houses near the liquor store on 14th and Monroe. It’s the loudest when you’re walking by there near the UPS store.

  • I live on the 1300 block of Monroe and also hear this all the time!

  • Run, Little Jerry.

  • This rooster is next to CC’s liquor store behind the big steel walled fortress on the alley off of Monroe & 14th. I hear him every morning when I take my dogs out for a walk

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