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Mysterious case of lost chicken in Vancouver BC

The chicken in Hollingdale’s bathroom, nestled between the shower and sink. Photo by Hazel Hollingdale.

As urban chicken farming grows in popularity, the probability of finding a lost chicken will increase, creating a need for broader awareness about how residents should handle stray poultry.

By Zoe Tennant
UBC – The Thunderbird
Nov 23, 2012


When Donna Miazga showed up for work at her east Vancouver community centre early one rainy Saturday morning, just as she did every week, she was startled by an unusual noise: clucking.

Running towards her was none other than a drenched chicken.
“I was quite shocked.”

Miazga found some crackers, crushed them up, fed the chicken, and got to work. But it kept clucking and tapping on the window for more.

Hazel Hollingdale, vice-president of the centre’s community association, arrived on the scene later that day and joined Miazga in wondering what to do with this mystery chicken.

Miazga’s feathered discovery highlights a question that has surfaced since the City of Vancouver passed a bylaw two years ago allowing Vancouverites to keep chickens in their backyards: not “Why did the chicken cross the road?” but “What do you do when you find a chicken that has flown the coop?”

“It was pouring rain and it was the end of the day on Saturday so there was nowhere that we could really call to ask about what to do with her,” said Hollingdale.

Worried that the local coyotes and raccoons would make a meal out of the bird, Hollingdale made a bold decision and took matters into her own hands. She brought the chicken home and made a nest for it.
In her bathroom.

Read the complete article here.

1 comment

1 JR { 11.23.12 at 10:11 pm }

The idea of people vacillating between urbanite and ruralite has just become plan ridiculous. This whole urban agriculture movement has just been romantized – In reality, raising any animal, especially livestock, requires a tremendous amount of energy, time and commitment. Hopefully the fad passes quickly, and people actually do a costs/benefits analysis to figure out the “eggspenses” before they engage in a likely, temporary experiment.