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Famous Lostock Hall cockerel sparks local controversy

Posted on - 4th September, 2020 - 8:13pm | Author - | Posted in - Lostock Hall, People, Preston News, Wildlife and Conservation
Danny's son with the chicks when they were just a few days old.
Danny’s son with the chicks when they were just a few days old. Pic: Danny Mec

A family from Lostock Hall has taken to social media after receiving an Environmental Health complaint about their cockerel.

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Danny Mec apologised on social media to the local community after their cockerel was crowing early in the morning.

Danny said: “I was keen to address the elephant in the room as I had seen a number of complaints of who had a cockerel and where the noise was coming from.

“After having a chat with my wife I thought I’d make the first step with the neighbours in the Lostock Hall Community group on Facebook and explain my side.”

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The family had bought six chicks just before lockdown to give their children something to keep them occupied.

When buying the chicks at two days old, they believed they were all hens however, four of them grew to be cockerels.

Lostock Hall cockerel
Hai Hai now he is all grown up. Pic: Danny Mec

They gave away three of the male birds, but Danny’s son had become attached to Hai Hai and they decided to keep him.

The family returned from holiday to find a piece of paper posted through their door saying a member of the environmental health had been around regarding “complaints of noise from a cockerel”.

The family were shocked but wanted to keep the peace in the area and spoke to close neighbours about the bird.

They have decided to order a collar for the bird which will quieten down his crowing.

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The social media post saw great amounts of support, with many people saying they enjoy hearing Hai Hai in the morning.

“I was apprehensive but I thought it was the right thing to do,” Danny added.

“I was fully expecting a social media backlash but was absolutely made up when so many people supported me.”

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One commenter said: “I think it’s a wonderful idea to have raised them from two-day old chicks and have your children see them grow from fluffy tiny things smaller than the palm of your hand to a fully grown chicken or cockerel – with of course the benefits of your own freshly laid eggs once they start laying.”

Another commenter said: “I am sorry you have had problems, I am also sorry that I can’t hear him in the morning, living in LH.

“I am originally from the country and I would feel right at home.”

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