One of the first things you notice while strolling around Key West is the overabundance of chickens sharing the streets and wandering into the bars, restaurants and shops. Depending on who you talk to, they are either descended from fighting cocks or from the Spanish, who introduced them to the area as a domesticated food source.
They’re protected, and Key Westers have dealt with them in various ways. At one point they had an official Chicken Catcher and last I heard they still held an annual Chicken Round-up, with the birds supposedly shipped off to a “sanctuary” on the mainland.
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