Hopewell may limit when roosters, hens can visit

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP - (AP) - A New Jersey town is consideringan ordinance that would regulate when a rooster can doodle doodledo.

Officials in Hopewell Township say they need to do something tokeep the henhouse noise down in a suburban town with agrarianroots.

The rules would apply to roosters and hens on properties of lessthan five acres.

Small properties would be allowed to keep up to a half-dozenhens. But roosters would be allowed only 10 days a year. And they'dbe barred from crowing.

If a rooster is too loud, the property wouldn't be allowed tohost any roosters for two years.

Beef farmer John Hart told The Times of Trenton that the chickenrestrictions could make the town a laughing stock.

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