Rooster complaints prompt potential farm noise zone extension

Rooster complaints prompt potential farm noise zone extension »Play Video
LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- Controversy is growing over rooster noise in Snohomish County. And now, the county is considering expanding a noise zone, after they say they've been getting complaints about roosters.

Councilwoman Stephanie Wright is leading the charge to keep them quiet. She says Wright says people in her district from Lynnwood to Mukilteo are complaining about rooster noise. However, for Dave Fairbank, that's a problem. He's owned roosters on his farm the last 40 years and every fall, he welcomes school field trips and teaches kids where their food comes from.

Fairbank worries what a new farm noise ordinance would ruin all that

"Used to be one of a whole bunch of farms and now were the last one left," Fairbank said.

Snohomish County's current noise ordinance bans farm animal noise west of the Everett-Bothel Highway and south of 164th Street in Lynnwood.

Fairbank's farm sits just outside the boundary, but it's becoming surrounded by more and more new housing developments, which poses a problem. County leaders worry more and more people don't like roosters.

Dave says in the past 40 years, he's never had a single complaint.

The county will consider the newer, expanded ordinance in a week-and-a-half.