Chickens take over the Island!

Trip Start Sep 09, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, February 4, 2006

I have a bit more than a passing interest in birds. Nothing major, but I have my favorites. I like Pelicans, Flamingos and those cute little white cranes we see all around in Florida. I have a bird feeder and find it fun to watch the birds carry on all excited when I finally remember to fill it. Ok, enough already. Back to the point of this story.

The birds on the island are cute. Some I haven't seen before. Itty bitty black birds with red heads. Maybe itty bitty reincarnations of Lucille Ball. There isn't a lot of seagulls. I guess it would be a really long flight to get here. There are ducks. I wonder if they were trying to get here. Then there are the chickens.

Chickens are everywhere here. They are in the parking lots, they wander down the roadside. They mosey around restaurants happy as clams, or I guess I should say a rooster in a hen house.

I asked why they are all running amoke, and found out the story. At one time chickens were farm creatures like I am used to. You know, lay eggs and stuff. Then during the big hurricane here in the 80's (90's maybe) all the chicken coops were blown down and the chickens made their big break for freedom. They were successful and have evaded capture ever since. They are all over the place just like we may see seagulls or blackbirds in Florida.

The roosters apparently don't know what to do with themselves now that they are out of official farm work of waking the farmers for the day. Therefore, they cockadoodle doo all day long. It is really funny. While walking to your car you may come across a little group of chickens - usually a rooster, some hens and babies. The rooster will look right at you and start crowing. I wonder what is going on in their little bird brain!?

Here are some pictures of the little feathered fellows.
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