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Massive Cock Hunt to Start in Key West


There are approximately 2,000 chickens that wander freely in Key West, and they're impossible not to notice. I shot the photo above on my trip to KW last November. There's a movement underway to round up all the chickens that roam the streets of this island, a rest stop for thousands of migrating birds. Fears that the avian flu could be spread to the town's poultry population have some residents, including the City Commissioner Bill Verge, pushing for their removal.

Said Verge: "We're not trying to spread panic about it. Just like the oncoming of a hurricane ... it's just called preparedness."

Chickens have wandered the island since the mid-1800s, when cockfighting was a popular sport. Despite the fact that they "crow at all times of the day, tear up lawns and defecate everywhere" the fowl are like the island's unofficial mascot.

So if you're in the mood to round up some birds, head down to the island chain. And if you'd rather hunt for the kind of cock that doesn't crow, there are plenty of great places to do that as well.

Key West Chickens Raise Bird Flu Fears [cbs news]

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  1. here, to eat cock it is almost passser for a sucidaire

    as i can see it's a little bit the same thing in your country in fact ...

    Posted by: kuiper25 | Apr 14, 2006 4:55:21 PM

  2. >>they "crow at all times of the day, tear up lawns and defecate everywhere"

    Let's see... We can keep the chickens, and risk an outbreak of bird flu, or we can ditch the birds, and the whole place is instantly cleaner and healthier.....

    Tough choice.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Apr 14, 2006 10:44:20 PM

  3. As many chiken hawkes as we have in this country I'm suprised we need to seek poultry outside our borders. I guess it's probably cheaper.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | Apr 15, 2006 5:15:29 AM

  4. Nice cock u got there! ;)

    Posted by: coolurbanite | Apr 15, 2006 12:08:01 PM

  5. I feel sorry for anyone who has to listen to them in the morning. I stayed in a hotel next to a chicken farm once, and believe me.. the noise is almost unbearable.

    Posted by: Online Gambling | Jul 27, 2008 9:45:16 PM

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