PEOPLE who live near a school are no longer being driven cock-a-doodle crazy following the removal of a group of crowing cockerels.
Don Smith, head teacher at Paget High School, in Burton Road, Branston, revealed that several rowdy roosters had now been removed following complaints from residents.
The matter came to a head earlier this year when East Staffordshire Borough Council were forced to launch an investigation after they continued to issue a dawn call of dread to people living in houses that back onto the school
Mr Smith told the Mail: “We had several cockerels which are now no longer with us which we believe were causing the noise problem earlier in the year.
“In addition to the noise we had used these for breeding and, to avoid inbreeding, we need to change the males periodically.
“This is an important lesson for students.”
The birds, egged on by a menagerie of other feathered friends ranging from ducks to a turkey, were part of a community farm at the school.
The farm was launched in and around 2008 and also features a pond and an orchard featuring fruit trees planted by pupils at the school.
Mr Smith added: “We have had no issues regarding noise since earlier in the year and had a steady stream of local residents visiting the school farm over the holiday period as well as the community orchard.
“All these people are unanimous in their support for the school farm.
“We currently have four young cockerels who are shut up at night and are not noisy.
“With the shorter days, we do not anticipate a recurrence of the noise problem but continue to monitor it.”
When the problem was first revealed by the Mail in May, school chiefs began to remove the louder than loud cockerels from their pens in a bid to minimise the disruption on the nearby homeowners.
A video captured by the Mail at the time shows the birds in their pens before launching into a chorus of ‘cock-a-doodle-do’.