An elderly couple in Germany has filed a lawsuit against their next-door neighbors, alleging that the noisy rooster prevents them from getting any sleep by crowing 200 times per day.
76-year-old Friedrich-Wilhelm and his wife Jutta, a couple from Bad Salzuflen, in Western Germany, claim that they havenâ€™t had a quiet day at home in a long time, all because of Magda, their neighborsâ€™ rooster.
The domestic bird allegedly starts crowing every day at around 8 am and doesnâ€™t stop until sundown, when the owners lock it up with their other chicken. After years of trying to reason with their neighbors about Magda, Friedrich and Jutta have taken them to court in order to resolve the matter.
â€œThe neighbor doesnâ€™t give up his rooster and we have to either live with that, or we have to win in court,â€Â Friedrich-Wilhelm told reporters. â€œWe canâ€™t use the garden and we canâ€™t open any windows. Itâ€™s unbearable.â€
â€œItâ€™s hard to talk about torture, but thatâ€™s what itâ€™s like,â€ his wife, Jutta, added.
The coupleâ€™s lawyer, Torsten Gieseke, argued that a hyper-active rooster like Magda doesnâ€™t belong on a quiet housing estate, adding that another neighbor was forced to move away two years ago due to its incessant crowing. Magdaâ€™s crowing has reportedly been clocked at around 80 decibels, which is comparable to a busy restaurant or a heavy traffic street.
Friedrich and Jutta have begun recording Magdaâ€™s daily crowing as evidence in court, and claim that their legal action was the only option available to them, after failing to reason with Magdaâ€™s owner.
Michael D. who owns Magda told reporters that the rooster plays an important role among his flock of chickens, as he maintains order among the other birds.
â€œThe hens need the rooster, otherwise they would pluck each other,â€ he said.
A Lemgo District Court judge is set to hear Friedrich and Juttaâ€™s case soon and rule on Magdaâ€™s fate moving forward.
Interestingly, this isnâ€™t the first time a roosterâ€™s crowing triggers a legal dispute between human neighbors. Back in 2019,Â Maurice, the roosterÂ made international news headlines after his daily crowing triggered a controversial legal battle between French neighbors.