Foghorn Leghorning Come Morning

Sleepy Hollow Road hasn’t been very conducive to sleep over the past few months. That restful-sounding street in the New Springville section of Staten Island has experienced a rude awakening ever since a family of a dozen chickens and two roosters moved in. Every morning at about 4 a.m. these new kids on the block like to greet the day with a feathery polyphony of “cockadoodles” and “cockadees” and various other a cappella favorites.

Naturally, the then sound asleep-now suddenly awake residents of Sleepy Hollow Road are extremely incensed when these early morning performances are unleashed on them.  And while some find the birds delightful or at least tolerate them, others are growing quite angry.

One neighbor became so enraged that he chased one of the roosters down the road with a broom in an attempt to squelch the bird’s flourishing singing career once and for all. Officers from the ASPCA responded, examined the rooster, and found him to be unharmed…bringing various sighs of relief and/or disappointment. Nevertheless, I’m certain that one or two sleep-deprived residents are assuming a “lock and load” state of mind.

The birds apparently don’t belong to anyone and it’s uncertain how they arrived there. Some theorize that they might have been originally unwanted chicks (perhaps Easter gifts) that were abandoned at the nearby Native Plant Center in the Greenbelt. From there they escaped and wandered over to the shrubbery along Sleepy Hollow Road and made it their home.

(originally posted: 08/08/10)

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UPDATE (06/10/12)

It’s been nearly two years and there’s no word on what became of these fowl-wandering intruders. Whether they found their way to a safe sanctuary or into someone’s oven at medium heat is anyone’s guess. However, I suspect that they gradually became part of the neighborhood; the residents on Sleepy Hollow Road, as in other NYC neighborhoods, simply if grudgingly resigning themselves to a new flock of next door neighbors.

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