Why have the chickens crossed the road? That’s exactly what some Plainview residents want to know.
A group of eight chickens and roosters started wandering from a sump on Woodbury Road into a nearby Plainview neighborhood about three weeks ago, according to Carole Agostino, who lives on East Gate in Plainview.
The roosters have been waking residents with their early morning crowing, said Agostino, 76. The birds have also been stopping traffic and leaving their droppings throughout the area, she said.
“They’re all over and have been loud, dirty and annoying,” Agostino said. “We don’t want them harmed, we just want them removed and taken to some sort of farm or wooded area.”
Cindy Bellofatto, who also lives on East Gate, said she hopes the chickens are removed for their safety.
“They’re crossing the street and I’m afraid they’re going to be run over,” she said. “I’m more concerned about their safety than them being a nuisance.”
Agostino said she and some of her neighbors have contacted several agencies to have the chickens removed but have not yet been helped.
A spokesman for the Town of Oyster Bay said they received complaints from residents and referred them to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for assistance, adding that the town is not “currently equipped to capture or maintain the animals.”
A Nassau County SPCA officer was dispatched to investigate the situation last Saturday, but the chickens were not removed, SPCA spokesman Gary Rogers said.
The birds don’t appear to have been dropped off in the neighborhood, Rogers said, adding that chickens and peacocks have lived in the Woodbury Road sump for at least the past 10 years.
“I’ve spoken with several rehabilitators regarding this issue and they’ve all said that because the chickens are so well established in the area and because they’re difficult to socialize and place on farms or sanctuaries, the best practice is to leave them where they are,” Rogers said. “If there was any sort of animal cruelty, we would then address the issue.”