Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Speaking of Rooster Tails.

One of the oddities that we came across, first at the bed and breakfast, and then almost everywhere else, is that the keys are run a muck with feral chickens and roosters. In downtown Key West they are flippin' everywhere. Lisa and I were down at the docks before sunrise this morning and we heard and saw about a dozen or so. And yes, the roosters do crow.

The story goes that cock fighting was legal in the Keys until some time in the 1970s when it was banned. Apparently this was a pretty big enterprise with a lot of birds. When it was banned the people that had the chickens and roosters had no other purpose for them so they just set them loose to fend for themselves in the wild. I guess they have done pretty well because they are very common on streets, sidewalks, parking lots and parks.


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