Last Tuesday, February 23rd, Seattle Reddit user Seahawks206 posted on the platform that they had found a chicken wandering on Queen Anne.
The redditor attempted to capture the chicken in an attempt to rescue it and search for the animal’s owner, but the chicken invoked evasive maneuvers. “That crazy son of a hen pulled a quick one on me. Evaded me by jumping on some dudes Buick and then leaping into a tree. He’s a cunning devil, I’ll give him that,” Seahawks206 posted in an update to the earlier post.
It stayed in a plum tree on Ward Street, between 6th and Aurora Avenue North. Signs went up and Seahawks206 continued to provide updates, even after the chicken stayed in the tree for three days running. Seahawks206 knocked on the doors of a couple of homes known to have chicken coops near the area, without luck.
The conversation on Reddit took a turn to a discussion about the correct terminology when referring to Highway 99/Aurora Avenue North and other examples, but eventually returned to the subject at hand: what to do about this chicken, affectionately named ‘Aurora’.
While some Redditors began posting recipes with chicken as the primary ingredient, the online community began to mobilize a rescue attempt on Friday night. Seahawks206 published an update on Saturday, summarizing the heroics of Redditors /u/imasinger, /u/herrerz, and others. The chicken was recovered, subdued, and delivered to a new home in Maple Valley.
Apparently, the incident harkens back to earlier days. “I’m in my 40s. There were free roaming chickens on Queen Anne when I was a paperboy in my youth,” Reddit user compbioguy said. “I remember lots of vietnamese immigrants collecting [chestnuts] on Bigelow and the feral chickens that would walk around. The people at the houses I would deliver to would say that they would lay eggs in their yards.” He referenced a 1985 Observer-Reporter article about the issue.
For now, the Chicken Watch 2016 and the Great Seattle Chicken Rescue of 2016 will live in the hearts and memories of the local Redditors and community members who followed and participated in this rare series of events.
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