Long Island town bans chickens from roaming free

August 18, 2010 2:24:18 PM PDT
Chickens crossing the road? Not anymore, at least in one Long Island town.

The Islip town board on Tuesday passed a resolution that requires live poultry to be kept in enclosures rather than allowed to roam free in backyards where they can escape.

Residents in the College Woods neighborhood of Central Islip have complained about fowl wandering into their yards and crossing the road. At a public hearing before the board's vote, one resident held up a photo of eight chicks that strayed from home.

Another resident who testified lives in a house that abuts a property with almost 60 birds. She said she's seen them on the street.

Residents also complained about roosters' cock-a-doodle-doos coming from some homeowners' yards. The resolution did not address the noise problem.