Some Bastrop residents urging city to get rid of feral chickens

A man brings a glass chicken to a discussion of the future of feral chickens in Bastrop at City Hall on Nov. 29, 2017 (KXAN Photo)
A man brings a glass chicken to a discussion of the future of feral chickens in Bastrop at City Hall on Nov. 29, 2017 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dozens of people showed up to make sure their voice was heard on what many see as problem feral chickens in Bastrop.

A town hall meeting was held Wednesday evening at City Hall to talk about the chickens and roosters found along city streets and yards.

Residents spoke for hours on the matter, both for keeping the birds and others for getting rid of them. Some people said the feral chickens can pose a health concern and called them aggressive. Those for keeping them say they’re historic.

One resident said, “I think we should focus on the fact that the issue that needs to be dealt with here are the feral chickens that wander freely around town — not the domestic flocks that reside in the several traditional backyard coops that are in this area.”

The Bastrop City Council passed an ordinance creating the farm street chicken sanctuary in 2009. It allows the chickens approximately 1,500 feet along Farm Street from State Highway 95 to the railroad tracks at Fayette Street.

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