Chicken gangs Flagler Avenue

The Great Chicken Debate

It’s hard to miss the chickens clucking around beachside while strolling Flagler Avenue, but are they a menace or part of the city’s charm?

Chickens on Flagler Avenue

These chickens have ruffled a lot of feathers lately sparking a heated debate around safety, but are they really a threat? Some claim yes.

chicken head

The City of New Smyrna Beach vs. Chickens

First, rumors swirled of an angered landscaper’s personal vendetta against these chickens pecking away at his hard work. Then a petition was created to get the attention of NSB Mayor, Russ Owen, in an effort to protect the birds. The online petition received 2,100 signatures in 24 hours. View the petition here.

NSB Mayor Russ Owen Responds Publicly

It is no surprise that the New Smyrna Beach Mayor responded so quickly and openly about the hot chicken topic. He ran on a platform of transparency and has followed through by encouraging public input to find resolutions.

He posted on Facebook stating:

Hey NSB, great job on the petition! Let’s talk about roosters…

– I’ve always liked them and would like to find a way they could remain a cool part of NSB. This isn’t any type of personal vendetta…

– Several folks have reached out with stories of being chased and clawed at (or whatever you call what roosters do) and some folks that work on Flagler daily are saying this issue is getting worse. At a townhall a few weeks ago a manager of a shop on Flagler said they often had workers trapped in cars by the roosters and I believe had someone get hurt by one. They all love them but are now afraid of them.

– Contrary to the petition, landscaping has nothing to do with this discussion nor is it a factor for me (I hadn’t even heard that issue tbh). Resident and guest comfort and safety is my only concern.

I’m anxious to hear from any local rooster experts with any suggestions or ideas for addressing these safety concerns without relocating them. I’m guessing folks feeding them is part of the problem?

Please share and reply with your thoughts on the issue. 
#savetheroosters #butmaketheroostersniceagain

red rooster peers through wooden gate

When Chickens Attack

If you follow the link (below) you will see all the comments in response to the New Smyrna Beach Mayor’s Facebook post with strong stances on both sides. From harmless chicken selfies to claims of alleged hen harassment, the debate is real and is getting heated.

What’s Your Stance?

If you have any input for the Mayor he is encouraging you to share his post and reply on Facebook. Visit his original post here.

Follow the Flock

Just like everything nowadays, an Instagram account has been created fighting for the freedom of the Flagler Avenue flock. Follow them @flagler_ave_rooster to stay updated.

16 thoughts on “The Great Chicken Debate

  1. I will not come to Flagler Ave anymore if the chickens remain! Have been pecked at too many times, not to mention they stink!!! Leave them in Key West…they have their own problems with them now!

    1. Can you stop, Karen? As humans, we’ve taken over and destroyed trees with building condos and rentals to attract tourists. What more can we destroy to get rid of an ecosystem for our own selfish neefs?

  2. The chickens are harmless and entertaining. And some of the people I’ve heard speak out against the chickens are some of the same people who had no problem with letting developers carve up our town and sell it off charm, forests and all. Let’s keep the chickens and kick out the developers.

  3. The Hens arent likely to do anything harmful to people. The roosters can be mean and try to jump up and spur people. Get rid of the roosters but keep the hens.

  4. I welcome the chickens and if they attack me I’m pretty sure I can take them!! #flagavechickens #SavetheChickens #ECC4chickens

  5. I’ve been part of this community for more than 30 years and have only recently noticed the chickens/roosters as being prevalent. What is the “ history” ? How, when, why are they part of the Flagler Ave culture? Please respond with factual answers or identify if you have heresay. Thanks

  6. They add charm to Flagler…PLEASE let them live in Peace and eat the bugs 🕷 I agree don’t let the Roosters arrive or you will have trouble. SAVE OUR CHICKENS🐥

  7. Keep the chickens. They’re the best. If you don’t like them vacation somewhere else. They live there, you don’t.

  8. The chickens are what bring Flagler the uniqueness. Leave the chickens they are harmless. Unless they feel endangered so leave them alone and they won’t bother you. I’ve been going to Flagler for years now and have not had one problem with them. LEAVE THEM!!

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