COCK-A-DOODLE DON’T: Randy rooster facing the chop

A chicken has fallen foul of the law and ruffled some feathers for being too noisy - leaving his new ‘owner’ facing having to dispose of him.

It is believed the male bird was hired to breed with hens, but as he did not have his wings clipped he escaped and is now a regular visitor to a New Mills garden.

Neighbours complained about Doodle and he must now be disposed of.

Neighbours complained about Doodle and he must now be disposed of.

Lauren Hardy said the bird adopted her but now she has grown fond of him and does not want him to come to any harm.

The 45-year-old said: “It was a surprise when he landed in my garden and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

Lauren, of Beech Avenue, rang the RSPCA and was told to lay a trap for the animal she has named Doodle however, he will not go near the cage and is too quick to catch.

The animal charity said that as the bird is not injured it was unable to help Lauren catch Doodle.

Lauren Hardy is fighting to keep her runaway rooster alive

Lauren Hardy is fighting to keep her runaway rooster alive

Lauren said: “I don’t mind him crowing, I think it is rather nice, but I think other people have a problem with it as he does do it quite a lot.”

A crowing rooster kept in a residential area could be deemed a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Following noise complaints, Lauren has received a letter from High Peak Borough Council which said: “I confirm that the cockerel in your garden is your responsibility.

“It needs to be removed within the next seven days as it is causing a noise nuisance to your neighbours.

“Please make sure the owner picks it up or you contact the RSPCA or other organisation to catch and dispose of the bird.”

Lauren said: “I’m really worried because I don’t want him to die.

“I have people who would be happy to have him, I just can’t catch him.”