Owner of geese and ducks to defend flock in court after neighbour says the animals bother him
Less than two months after the owner of a French rooster was hauled before a court over its rowdy crowing, the owner of a gaggle of geese and ducks is in the dock over their boisterous quacking.
The latest case to ruffle feathers in the French countryside pitted a woman rearing around 50 ducks and geese in her back garden in the south-western Landes region a duck-breeding bastion against her newcomer neighbours.
Dominique Douthe, 67, lives outside the town of Soustons, about 60km (40 miles) north of the Atlantic resort of Biarritz. She said the row began a little over a year ago when the new neighbours moved into a house across the road.
With the previous owners, she said: I never had any problem. And then he [the husband of the plaintiff couple] arrived and my poultry bothers him.