Residents of several Florida communities are asking their city councils to solve a chicken problem. Free-range fowl are waking people in the early hours of the morning and destroying expensive landscapes in Pompano Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale.
But rounding up the offenders has proven difficult, particularly since some residents have taken a liking to the visitors and have begun harboring the fugitives.
“They are street savvy,” Mario Sotolongo, Pompano Beach code enforcement supervisor, told the Sun Sentinel. “We have a code section that prohibits people from having these animals in the city, but you can’t stop a chicken and ask who they belong to.”
Pompano Beach City Commissioner Ed Phillips, who has lived in the city since 1961, said the chickens are in almost every neighborhood and are causing traffic issues. “This chicken situation is not going away,” he said.