Say yes to COCK-a-doodle-dooo

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For those of you that know myself (Alli) and Rob, you are aware of the sustainable lifestyle we live. During the height of the pandemic we were not worried about providing healthy, organic and fresh food for our family of six due to the fact we raise chickens, ducks, rabbits and grow or forage our vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Now, we are all aware of how the birds and the bees work, we need a male of each of these animals to continually have a supply of both fertilized eggs and meat. 

Having a rooster is needed for many reasons; They protect the flock from predators, they provide a free and economic way to increase the size of our small flock and they provide guidance to all of our  hens. "Harry" will alert them when he’s found food, maintains the social hierarchy, tells the hens when and where to move around, and ensures their safety. The entire order of the flock is led and organized by the presence of a rooster, our "Harry". And we can't forget to mention the beauty he brings to the farm. Not just his voice but the wonderful, colourful feathers he leaves behind that our youngest loves to collect.

These beneficial traits are sometimes overlooked due to one other trait of a rooster, the crowing. It appears that one of our neighbours does not enjoy the sounds of rural Canada as much as our family does. This has lead them to call bylaw (numerous times) on our family. 

We do our best to keep noise down on our two acres of land in South Frontenac rural area. Our coop is at the very back of the property, as far away from any building as possible to our land layout. Our chickens are no longer allowed to free range as it bothered the neighbour to see the chickens "at large" on our property. We have done our very best to comply with bylaw and the township but have grown tired of the harrassment. 

We don't feel as though our lifestyle should have to change due to one person not agreeing/ understanding it. Since we started raising our own food, our children have learned about responsibility, patience, compassion, hard work and most of all, they know exactly where their food comes from. They understand that no matter the weather, the animals need to be taken care of. They understand that to get good product, the animals need to be well cared for and loved. They show compassion when there is an injury and they help to research how to fix the problem.  And lastly, they all have their favourites... Which leads us back to "Harry" the rooster, our four year old sons favourite bird on the farm.  Atlas completely understands the importance of Harry to keep the cycle going, but they have also become quite bonded to one another. And we, as a family, are not backing down to the archaic bylaws that still rule this area. We would love to see Harry live out his days here and sow his seed!

 I look out my front window and I see cows and horses grazing in the pasture across the street. It is a beautiful country setting yet a rooster is not allowed. However a parrot IS allowed??

Please, if you could take a moment to sign this petition as we have 30 days before legal action will be taken against us for owning a rooster, in a country setting!

Thank you all for your time and support ❤️