Stray rooster needs a new home
A STRAY rooster found in Tinana last week has an uncertain future with the council unless someone can offer the bird a new home.
Emma Richards rescued the rooster after seeing it on the road outside her property.
“He was going backwards and forwards across Eatonvale Road,” she said.
“You can’t just have a rooster running around on the road. He could cause an accident.”
So Ms Richards ushered him into a fenced area of her yard to keep the bird - and the traffic - safe.
It’s been living there happily since last week but it has to go.
“He is quite happy in here but I have to think about the neighbours,” she said.
“He’s really big and has one eye and he cock-a-doodle-doos all night.
“He’s been here since Wednesday and I’m surprised the neighbours haven’t shot us.
“I haven’t slept since Wednesday but he goes to roost at 5pm every night.
“Someone must have dumped him I think, because I’ve called all the people around here who have poultry and no one has claimed him.”
An advertisement in the newspaper also failed to entice the rooster’s rightful owner.
Ms Richards called the Fraser Coast council and was told it did not deal with stray chickens but after a second call to the council she was told a compliance officer would collect the bird this morning. A council spokesman said it was very rare for council compliance officers to collect a rooster.
“The animal will be kept for three days at the Maryborough Pound,” the spokesman said.
“If no one claims the rooster, compliance staff will try to find a new home for the bird.”
Anyone wanting to claim the rooster or offer it a new home can call the council.
‘He’s really big and has one eye and he cock-a-doodle-doos all night.
He’s been here since Wednesday and I’m surprised the neighbours haven’t shot us.’