Whoops! Bet that took some explaining, GG, hope your neighbour understood it was a genuine mistake, and didn't get too upset about the cockerel. I can understand folks keeping chickens, but cockerels, I just don't get. They don't produce anything but a bout of swearing when they set off at 4 a.m. to greet the sun. Our parrot did a decent cock-crow, as someone at the back had bantams. She also got me into trouble with the neighbour (wolf-whistling), and had me running back in on several occaisions to answer the phone.
My only suggestion is you buy one of the darlac compost turners from Amazon, it's like a cross between a corkscrew and a the thing you use to raise and lower the corner steadies on a caravan. You 'screw' it into the compost, then raise the entire thing, mixing the top stuff with the bottom stuff, and introducing air, much easier than trying to wield a garden fork in a dalek. All you can do is make life difficult for them and hope they will go away.
We are dealing with mice at the moment (apparently mice and rats are very territorial, and if you have mice you won't get rats and vice versa). Trouble is OH is the biggest wuss going, so muggins here gets the choice job of picking up trap, opening door over open carrier bag, and disposing of the body. Worst thing is if you stay up late and the green light on the trap is winking at you, getting rid of the flipping corpse is the last thing you want just before bed. The farmer at the back just chucks anything and everything on his heap (I won't buy council compost, as he produces it, I've seen the rubbish that goes in there). He's been fined by Environmental health before for chucking chicken carcasses on there. We can't have barbecues in the summer, if the wind is in the wrong direction you can almost chew on the smell. Choice!