Two chickens were waiting for me when I arrived on the crime scene. They were on the other side of a fence in the next backyard. Armed only with a small bag of cracked corn, I tried approaching the suspects in a friendly manner. They stayed at least 10 yards ahead of me the entire time during the chase that ensued. At times, I could hear crowing in the distance. From the look of them, they are both cockerels (young roosters), about six months of age. According to the homeowner, there is a third perpetrator at large, possibly a guinea hen, that was not sighted during this outing.
No arrests were made at this time. I will see if I can get some animal rescue folks involved. The best method is to determine where they are roosting at night and grab them in the dark. They have poor night vision and will not try to evade capture in the dark. Another method would be to start feeding them in the same place every day. Eventually, you will gain their trust and should be able to get close enough to snatch them. However, with roosters, this might not be easy.
Those pesky chickens that were sighted in the area of Livermore St. between Kurt and Herman, two weeks ago, are still on the loose. I got an email this morning from a woman on E. Herman who said they are in and out of her backyard and I have been hearing from friends in the area who have made multiple sightings that at least one of the small flock is a rooster. I'll be over there this morning with some cracked corn to investigate.
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