Rooster Hissy Fit
This Key West rooster is warning me to stay away from his hen and babies.
Key West is full of chickens, called gypsy chickens by locals. Tho that’s one of the nicer things they’re called. They’re called pests by many. And beloved by many more. They’re the metaphor for Key West—historic, colorful, wild, noisy, annoying, beloved, pets, even dinner. Ouch.
They have no idea when it’s dawn and time to crow. They crow any hour of the day. They strut around all of downtown, outdoor cafes, yards, weaving in and out of traffic, everywhere. They’re sort of feral, sort of pets. One woman I ran into feeds a flock of them Cheerios and they all have names. “Myrtle, leave Aaron alone and let him eat”. That sort of colorful local thing.
It seems there have always been chickens in Key West. When people stopped turning them into Sunday dinner many decades ago, some backyard chickens gained their freedom. Other roosters were released when cock-fighting became illegal. (May the humans that fought them rest in a hellish place.)
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