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Roosters' welcome runs out in Estacada

If you like your peace and quiet, then here’s something to crow about.

The Estacada City Council has enacted new animal regulations — effective immediately — that hands an eviction notice to roosters.

The council approved an ordinance amending the miscellaneous animal regulations of the Estacada Municipal Code during a meeting on Monday, July 28.

Changes include:

  • Livestock must be contained in a securely fenced area with at least 32,670 square feet or .75 acres of land per animal.

  • Up to four chickens and/or rabbits may be kept on a lot of at least 5,000 square feet. Five chickens and/or rabbits may be kept on a minimum area of 7,500 square feet, and up to six may be kept on a lot of over 10,000 square feet. Waste from the animals may not accumulate and feed must be stored in rodent-proof containers.

  • Citizens may not keep roosters, geese or peacocks within city limits.

  • Livestock, rabbits and poultry must be confined to the owner’s property at all times.

  • Structures that house livestock, rabbits and chickens must be at least 20 feet from neighboring residences, at least five feet from side property lines and at least 10 feet from the rear property line.

  • The structures may not be in front of the primary residence on the property and must comply with Building and Development Code requirements.

  • Livestock, poultry and rabbits may not be commercially slaughtered on the property.

    The council declared an emergency making the new regulations effective immediately.

    City Manager Bill Elliott said the city had received complaints from a resident who was being repeatedly woken up by crowing roosters next door.

    “We decided to make it effective immediately,” Elliott said. “When you get woken up at 4 o’clock in the morning, it’s not very pleasant.”



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