As many as 90 chickens were on the loose across the Peninsula Thursday before local police and firefighters were able to collect some of them into the pickle ball courts at Wain Park. (Contributed/North Saanich Fire Department)

Social media aflutter after 100 chickens corralled on Peninsula

Situation caused quite a stir Thursday morning as cops helped chase down the chickens

It was quite the commotion Thursday as loose chickens sent members of the local police and fire departments into the streets of North and Central Saanich to corral them to safety.

Around 8:30 a.m. a concerned resident who spotted some birds along Birch Road called to report the situation.

RELATED: Chicken Run: Birds on the loose in North Saanich

Against the rising sun, members of the North Saanich Fire Department roped at least some of them into the pickle ball courts at Wain Park and when word got out, social media users had a little fun with the whole ordeal.

On Twitter, Social Media Girl/Chel got creative renaming Central Saanich councillors with chicken-inspired monikers after the District tweeted a link to next week’s council agenda with an image of chickens “meeting” in a coop.

On Facebook there were many “why did the chicken cross the road” jokes floating around, as to be expected.

According to Sidney/North Saanich RCMP nearly 100 chickens were found scattered across the Peninsula in five different locations.

All but one that had to be put down due to injury, are now in the care of CRD Animal Control.

RELATED: What makes chickens happy? University of Guelph researchers try to find out

“It’s a real mystery as to where they came from,” said Don Brown, chief bylaw officer for the CRD, adding it is not out the question to think they could have been dumped by someone from up-Island.

Brown noted it was evident the chickens were outside overnight: “They were quite cold and very, very hungry.”

However, the birds – confirmed to be laying chickens – were still producing eggs on their way to, and once at the shelter so Brown is perplexed as to why someone would have been looking to get rid of them.

Police, CRD officials and firefighters who rounded up the chickens also questioned local farmers but came up empty. Brown credits the help of that crew “or we would have still been out there rounding them up today.”

Still, there is some good news; the shelter is already receiving calls from people inquiring about “adopting” some of the chickens to provide them with new homes.

“I don’t know why anyone would dispose of them,” Brown said. “It was very cruel.”


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Welcome to Victoria, where a street can have four names

From Oak Bay to View Royal, street names change as the roadways twist and turn

Central Saanich makes moves to alieviate business transit concerns

Councillor calls for enhanced service and long-term transit passes

Garbage piles up at Mount Doug Park in Saanich

Local resident blames the design of the garbage bins

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

Pacific FC looks for first win of the fall season in Toronto Wednesday

The Island team is currently 0-2-0 this season

VIDEO: Black bear caught climbing tree in Langford neighbourhood

Triangle Mountain residents on alert following bear sighting

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

15-year-old with imitation gun caused ‘dynamic’ scene at Nanaimo mall

No one was harmed in Monday’s incident, say Nanaimo RCMP

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

New home cost dips in B.C.’s large urban centres

Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver prices decline from last year

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

Nine kittens and cats rescued after being locked in bins in northern B.C.: SPCA

SPCA says cats were starving, and matted with feces and urine

Most Read