Hillsboro, OR -

The rooster discussion was lively as residents of urban unincorporated areas of Washington County, Ore., testified before commissioners voted on a proposed ordinance to ban the birds and other loud male fowl.

The Oregonian reports that Aloha resident Barry Hayes said Tuesday his neighbors still consider their property farmland. In his words, "Banning roosters from farmland would be ridiculous." He could understand banning peacocks.

Jacki Hayes suggested young roosters might crow more and if an older rooster was crowing excessively, she would question the rooster's housing. "He's probably not happy," she told the commissioners.

Another Aloha resident, Susan Cole, sees it differently. After listening to her neighbors' roosters all through the summer of 2012, she decided to record an entire day's crowing -- on Labor Day. She says her neighbors finally couldn't stand the noise and got rid of the birds.

In the end, the move to ban roosters failed on a split vote.