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For the Birds: Laguna Niguel Man Must Get Rid of 50 Pet Pigeons

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A Laguna Niguel man has "10 days to get rid of about 50 pigeons in his back yard or face a lawsuit after receiving a formal complaint from his homeowners' association," according to the OC Register.Wei Lu keeps the "specially-bred racing pigeons" in his yard, and considers them like his children. He has a special loft built for them in his yard that he cleans twice daily, and during mating season keeps the males and females separated to maintain control of his brood.

But the neighbors aren't happy with having so many of the birds near their houses because of the noise they make, often early in the morning, and their attorney asserts further that "Lu knew he could not keep pigeons in his back yard based on his HOA's conditions, covenants and restrictions."

Getting rid of the birds isn't a simple task, though. Lu "says if he does not fight the complaint in court, he will be forced to kill the birds as the are trained to return to his back yard."