COTATI (KPIX) – A herd of feathered invaders is starting to cause trouble for some residents of Cotati town in the North Bay.
Chickens have long been part of North Bay history. At one time, Petaluma was known as the chicken capital of the world. But now worlds collide as human residents try to deal with roosters taking over a neighborhood in Cotati.
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Roosters roam an area on the Old Redwood Highway and Gravenstein Way, crossing the streets and sometimes causing a traffic hazard. Many who live in the area say they conflict because of the birds: they’re a nuisance, but residents also love to have them around.
The taps will serenade you while you pump gasoline, or even keep you company while you wait for prescriptions by the drive-through pharmacy window. They are also not afraid to offer residents an early wake-up crow.
“3:00 am, but I get up at 3:00 am so they don’t disturb me,” said Karen Jahanshahi, a resident of Cotati.
As much as the locals love them, these roosters are sometimes not the most considerate of neighbors.
“I’m the one who complained about the bird droppings on the fence,” Cotati resident John Schoeller told KPIX.
Schoeller hoped the spikes he had installed on the fence would replace the droppings, but no luck. When asked what he was doing about the problem, Schoeller replied: “There is nothing we can do. Just cum. “
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The City of Cotati estimates that the Old Redwood Highway and Highway 116 area have more than 40 roosters. City officials have reached out to North Bay Animal Services to help catch some of the birds.
“Going from 5 to 10 to 20 to 40 becomes an issue that makes you worry about traffic and health issues,” said Mark Scott, executive director of North Bay Animal Services.
At present, around a dozen roosters have been penned up and are just waiting for their “barrels” in the shelter.
Scott said the right owner would have certain characteristics.
“Someone who has a penchant for special roosters that are from a well-known area that people named them and have been feeding them for years,” he said.
Some locals hope that not all roosters find new homes. They admit that the birds are part of what makes this community special.
“It’s a ‘keep Cotati weird’ thing,” said Schoeller. “I don’t know if I’m trying to keep Cotati weird, but I agree the chickens are here.”
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North Bay Animal Services said it is currently at full capacity with the birds at the shelter and will not catch any roosters until those who adopt them.