GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — You won’t see any of the chickens at Lakeside Farm roaming around town.
They are kept in a pen for their own protection. But apparently there are other chickens seen crossing roads and property lines causing concerns for some residents.
Allison Alkire doesn’t live too far from a small farm. But she says she hears chickens more than she sees them.
“On a rare occasion in the past I’ve seen one or two kind of walking around,” says Alkire. “One maybe got as far as my yard once.”
Guilford may be part farming community but even in the residential neighborhoods near the downtown area people are seeing chickens roam free.
“We have friends who actually have chickens here in town,” says Romano.
He and his wife Alisha Rayner say they haven’t seen any chickens running afoul. “No,” Raynor says with a laugh. “No chickens running a foul. We kind of like them.”
But some of their neighbors don’t like them roaming around and that has prompted the Guilford Police Animal Shelter to put out a ‘Chicken Alert’ on its Facebook page.
It asks people to keep their chickens on their own property and says don’t let them roam into other people’s yards or on roads where they can cause accidents.
Some have even been seen on busy Rt. 77.
“I didn’t know we had roving gangs of chickens in town,” says Romano. “But I have not seen them myself.”
Neither did we as we drove through Guilford but we have heard complaints about them wandering across roads and onto private property and leaving some unwanted souvenirs behind. But not everyone crying foul.
“We’re fine with chickens if they’re eating the ticks I’ll take that,” says Romano.