Arizona Neighborhood Overrun By Dozens to Hundreds of Chickens

By: KPNX / CNN
By: KPNX / CNN
A Phoenix neighborhood has been overrun by feral chickens.
And county and city officials say there

May 14th is an unofficial and unusual holiday known as “Dance Like a Chicken Day,” which is based around the popular “Chicken Dance” tune.

A Phoenix neighborhood has been overrun by feral chickens.
And county and city officials say there's little they can do about the dozens, or possibly hundreds, of birds.

The clucking of hens and crowing of roosters in the neighborhood around 32nd Street and Thomas Road are strange sounds.

Some enjoy what one resident calls her "chicken neighbors."
But not everyone in the area loves their feathery neighbor.

Phoenix city code prohibits individuals from keeping roosters that make noise "which disturbs the peace, comfort or health of any person residing within the city."

Chickens are allowed in coops at least 80 feet from a residence.
Maricopa County animal care and control officials said the fowl fall outside of their responsibilities.

And the Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department says it could fine the owner for not following city code -- but there is no apparent owner.

Outside of hiring a pest control company -- and paying out of pocket -- there are few options to run them out of the neighborhood.


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