Post-Katrina Population Boom in New Orleans: Chickens

Stray chickens have overrun many parts of New Orleans since it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
April 14, 2011, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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"'We don't have stray dogs any more,' said Melton, 68. 'But everyone I talk to has stray chickens.'

Most people figure that the wild birds descended from domesticated fowl that escaped backyard coops after the storm. Since then, the population has boomed, with the local SPCA chapter now dispatching officers weekly to catch feral chickens, spokeswoman Katherine LeBlanc said."

Due to the difficulty of catching stray chickens, animal control officers have had only limited success in controlling the population.

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Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in The New Orleans Times-Picayune
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