Rooster banished to soundproofed coop after neighbour brings court complaint

Rooster banished to soundproofed coop after neighbour brings court complaint

One rather vocal rooster in the German town of Müncheberg in Brandenburg will have to spend his evenings in a soundproofed coop after a local resident complained about his nighttime crowing. 

German woman keeps log of rooster crowing to win court case

Most people live in the countryside to get away from nighttime noise disturbances, but one unlucky woman was getting more of a country life experience than she bargained for when a vocal rooster took to crowing at all hours of the night. 

As rbb24 reports, since the rooster was kept only about 20 metres away from her house, and was clearly audible from the bedroom, she began to get understandably frustrated and took to keeping a “crow log”, documenting every time the rooster cock-a-doodle-dooed between the hours of 3am and 6am. 

Deciding to take legal action against the rooster and his owner, the woman took the issue to court and presented her crow logbook. 

Rooster must be kept in soundproofed pen after court order

The judge at the Frankfurt (Oder) administrative court sided with the woman, pointing out that Paragraph 10 of the State Immission Control Law states that nighttime rest should be protected from considerable noise between the hours of 10pm and 6am, and concluding that the rooster was not covered by other laws exempting agricultural practices from these rules. 

The owner has now been issued a court order to keep the rooster in a closed and soundproofed pen between the hours of 10pm and 6am. 



Abi Carter

Managing Editor at IamExpat Media. Abi studied German and History at the University of Manchester and has since lived in Berlin, Hamburg and Utrecht, working since 2017 as a writer,...

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