New Jersey Town Regulates Chicken Mating

Roosters in the township of Hopewell, New Jersey, can no longer mate with their hens any time they please.

The Hopewell Township Committee unanimously adopted earlier this week a legislation that regulates the number of days roosters can mate with hens at backyard farms. And as if it was not punishment enough, roosters must also secure a clean bill of health before they can get any backyard action. Under the regulation, roosters will be allowed to mate with hens for only 10 days each year, provided that they, the roosters, can present certification that they are free from any disease.

The ordinance, which was approved Monday, also limits the number of hens that can be put in half-acre backyard farms to six. However, mature roosters are prohibited because they tend to crow too much, the Times of Trenton said in a report. Roosters who are in their mating visits must not also crow too much. Crowing too much during mating times could lead to a mating ban in the backyard for two years.

Mayor Jim Burd said the ordinance addresses both the needs of “our lifestyles today” and the preservation of Hopewell’s agricultural background.