Sin Ming resident spends S$6,900 to soundproof flat windows as noisy chickens disrupt sleep at 3am

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Chickens in Sin Ming have again been accused of being too noisy, Daily news from Shin Min reported.

This time, a complainant claimed that some 20 chickens roaming the estate crowed in the morning and evening, sometimes at 3 a.m.

Noisy at 3am

A 58-year-old housewife, identified only by her last name Xu, lives at Block 454 Sin Ming Avenue.

She said the number of chickens on the estate has grown to more than 20, impacting the quality of sleep residents get if they start crowing before the sun comes up.

She said, “Sometimes the chickens fly to the trees and crow, and they even do it at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. There’s no point in closing the doors and windows. My daughter and husband have to get up early for work, and they often don’t. don’t get enough sleep [because of the noise].”

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Spend S$6,900 Soundproof Windows

The resident revealed that she recently spent S$6,900 to install soundproof windows in two bedrooms.

While the crowing of chickens can still be heard as the sound passes through the house from the living room window, it no longer affects the family’s sleep quality.

Shin Mino visited the estate and found more than 10 chickens roaming around but added that they are wary of humans.

A 67-year-old resident of the estate said you can hear the chickens crowing in the middle of the night and that she woke her grandson, who then had to be put back to sleep.

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Another 70-year-old resident, who lives in the block across the road, added that the noise can be heard even from where she lives.

Not all bothered

Xu told Shin Mino some residents are not bothered by the presence of the chickens.

She is aware that they feel that chickens are reminiscent of their days in the kampung, and that people should leave them alone.

However, Xu insisted that they should also put themselves in the shoes of the affected residents.

Most of the residents interviewed expressed the hope that the competent authorities would approach the situation in a considered manner.

Measures taken so far

A National Parks Board survey in March 2022 found that there were 69 chickens in the area, up from 50 in 2017.

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This despite the culling of 24 chickens from the estate in 2017.

Several groups have since come together to tackle the problem.

The various bodies include NParks, Thomson Sin Ming Court Residents’ Committee, Acres (Animal Concerns Research and Education Society), and Bishan-Toa Payoh City Council.

So far, the team has taken measures including putting umbrella-shaped nets on trees to prevent hens from resting there, and regularly collecting eggs in the area to prevent over-breeding.

Authorities have also urged the public not to feed chickens indiscriminately.

Signs have been placed on the ground floor of the flats to remind the public that feeding chickens is prohibited.

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Top photo via Shin Min Daily News