Canada’s noisy chickens may have been able to get away with it if the country didn’t have laws on the books that would have forced the birds to comply with noise-control measures.
In Canada, chickens are not allowed to “unlawfully interfere” with people, including by banging on doors and windows, according to the Canadian Wildlife Services (CWS).
So if the birds want to bang on the windows and doors of homes, they need to have their ears checked and their tails restrained, which is something chickens can do for a few bucks an hour.
If chickens do break in, the only way to deal with the problem is to put a wire between the door and the window or door frame, which requires a bit of training for both chickens and owners.
“If the chicken doesn’t know how to follow these rules, he’s going to break into your house,” said Robyn Sohmer, who runs the CBC’s Chicken Channel.
The Canada House of Commons recently passed legislation that will require chickens to be cage-free, and is being implemented in Manitoba and Ontario.
Sohner said she has had “a lot of chickens coming through my door” with a “very, very noisy” sound coming from the cage.
“I’ve had chickens in my front yard with a loud, continuous, and extremely annoying sound coming out of their cage,” she said.
“If you’re a homeowner, you have to follow the law.
It’s not that they’re doing something wrong, it’s that they are violating the laws.”
There are about 10 million chickens in Canada, but only a handful of them are cage-busting.
The Canadian Wildlife Service estimates that there are just under 200,000 chickens in the country, of which only about 500,000 are in the wild.
That’s a significant drop from a decade ago, when the number of chickens in captivity was at an all-time high.
“In the 1990s, there were probably over 2.3 million chickens across the country,” said Sohamer.
“It’s been a steady decline.”
In Canada and the U.S., chickens can be housed indoors, or outside, under artificial lighting, or they can be raised outdoors for a short period of time, but the animals are still confined in cages.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that “at least 1.6 million animals in the U., and more than 1.7 million in Canada have been kept in cages.”
Chicken coop owners, who typically work in the agriculture industry, are often the first ones to complain when they find out that chickens are causing noise problems in their community.
They often have little to no recourse if the noise is causing problems.
“We’re not really allowed to make any complaints to the [CAFO] inspector.
There’s no complaint process.
There are no complaints for our coops,” said Emily Pyle, owner of Cottage Chicken Coop in Winnipeg.
She said she recently went to the provincial government to complain about her chickens being loud, but they had no authority to investigate.
“They can’t get to us,” Pyle said.
She told CBC News that her chickens are constantly knocking on her door, and that she is forced to close the door, or she’ll get a $500 fine.
“It’s not the chickens that are causing it, it is the noise that is causing it.
They’re doing it in the heat of the day,” she added.
A chicken is allowed to roam freely and unsupervised in some circumstances, but other than in a very small area, chickens need to be restrained to keep them quiet.
The Canadian Wildlife and Agriculture Association says that some breeds are prone to the “high-intensity, loud, and persistent” sound.
“These noisy birds are more likely to be seen at outdoor gatherings where people gather,” said David Fonagy, senior director of government relations for the organization.
The Association’s latest survey of Canadian coops found that the average coop owner spends $40,000 on noise-management equipment each year, compared to $25,000 for all other Canadians.
But it’s not just chickens.
The CWS estimates that nearly 30 per cent of all birds in Canada live in barns, which have their own separate sounds.
“People are not using them, but it is an issue, especially because they’re living with people in the barns and they are noisy,” Sohher said.
There are some exceptions to this, however.
Some people use the birds for exercise and exercise in a quiet environment.
In the U, there are also strict restrictions on the number and types of chickens that can be kept in coops, which are required to be at least 12 months old.
The regulations were recently relaxed, allowing some people to keep chickens as young as five weeks old, and to have chickens confined to the coop for six months.
“The problem with coops is, the chickens are all kept in very small cages,” said P