I’ve got a bit of advice for young men and old roosters: If you have sex, don’t crow about it.
The advice for young men is just basic good manners, but roosters who don’t keep their beaks shut are running a-fowl of a New Jersey city’s law.
The humble burg of Hopewell Township passed an ordinance Monday that limits romantic interactions among chickens in backyard farms, according to The Times of Trenton.
The measure dictates roosters can only visit hens 10 days each year, and roosters caught crowing for an extended period of time after a chicken coop conquest risks being fricasseed, or, even worse, at least a two-year barnyard sex ban on the property.
How will city officials know what the licentious livestock is crowing about — a literal roll in the hay or daybreak?
Good question, but it seems the new ordinance prevents overnight stays. Roosters are only allowed on city property during daytime for “purposes of fertilization.”
“Mature roosters,” who must be more vocal, are banned entirely.
Like I said, it’s wise to keep your beak shut.