Monday, September 04, 2006

Key West chicks

There are a lot of chickens who live wild in the Keys. Aaron got some cute pictures of a mother hen and her chicks. There is a big controversy in Key West over whether the chickens should run loose or be caught. Here is an excerpt from a website I found about the big chicken debate in Key West. Look carefully at the picture. How many chicks do you see? There are more than three! Click on the picture to enlarge it.

The wild birds, which have been featured in national newspapers and television networks like Comedy Central, have local fans and enemies. "The town is split 50-50 on this," Jones said. "You either love them or you hate them."

The city recently has received complaints from 150 residents asking that the city trap and remove the noisy roosters from their neighborhoods. There are an estimated 2,000 free ranging chickens in city limits, Jones said.

Aside from some humans, the birds have virtually no predators on the island. Most dogs and cats fear the aggressive roosters. City law prohibits cruelty to all animals and bans luring, enticing, seizing, molesting or teasing the birds. The law requires that owners cage their fowl, but the wild birds roam the streets and roost in the trees.

The chickens, which are believed to have been brought to the island by Cuban immigrants who wanted to use them for cock fights, even have their own store.


Blogger Kim said...

Did you see all 5 chicks?

6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let them do their thing. Free Range all the way. They are cute and add charm. Inhumane treatment of animals we share the earth with is simply cruel and serves no purpose. No need to ever keep chickens in a barbed wire cage 1/3 their size for life. If you need food kill an animal in a humane manner or let them provide us with eggs while enjoying their life. People are the only ones on this earth that are cruel. Animals attack out of fear or for survival. Respect the creatures we share the earth with and respect the earth. Otherwise it will be no more. Repect all things. :-)

9:03 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home