When I e-mailed my cousin Nancy about my up-coming visit to Florida, I told her I wanted to do some birding while I was there. Her response: "Then you have to see the famous Oviedo chickens." When I arrived, I asked her to explain. It seems that several years ago, the Oviedo feed store had a shipment of spring chicks that got loose. It wasn't clear to me whether the chicks escaped on their own, or whether they weren't selling and so were set free.
No matter, the chicks survived and thrived. Now, they range all over town, and are protected by law. You can actually be fined for harming or killing a chicken.
I saw chickens hanging out behind the Popeye's Chicken fast food place (bad idea!),
in the drive-through lane at the bank (getting cash for Popeye's?), and even a broody hen nestled in the ground cover outside the library.
Oviedo loves their chickens, as this T-shirt clearly shows.
More gratuitous chicken photos, for the chicken-lovers out there (Zick, this bird's for YOU!)