Let's say you went to the Sandwich Fair last October and thought hey, my spouse would love to have a pet rooster. So you buy the bird, bring it home and all is well with the world. Not if you live in parts of Laconia. Pecker the rooster was not welcomed with open arms by his neighbors. It turns out that farm animals are not permitted in the residential zone where pecker's owners live and the neighbors complained. Pecker's owners went to the Zoning Board for a variance and it was denied. The dispute has gotten ugly with neighbors now seeking restraining orders. In all likelihood, pecker will need a new home.
There are a number of morals to this story. One is that there are important distinctions between a "residential" and a "residential/agricultural zone." In the former, pecker is not welcome, but in the later, he can wander, peck and crow to his hearts content. Another is that property owners need to be aware of the rules. Ordinances vary from town to town so before buying a rooster or goat or some other farm animal, check it out with your local land use office. Lastly, a rooster is no more noisy than a dog that barks in his or her yard at the crack of dawn. Once in awhile neighbors should just lighten up and leave the peckers of the world in peace.