Chickens on the run in Plainview to be relocated

The chickens were reportedly dumped at a sump in the neighborhood and they were causing a ruckus for residents nearby.

Free-ranging chickens have been crossing the roads in Plainview, ruffling neighbors' feathers.

Free-ranging chickens have been crossing the roads in Plainview, ruffling neighbors' feathers. (7/11/16)

PLAINVIEW - The fowl neighbors that ruffled feathers in one Plainview neighborhood are getting a new place to roost.

As News 12 has reported, chickens and roosters were roaming around a residential area off Woodbury Road. They had apparently been dumped in a nearby sump, but they recently began crossing the roads.

Residents say the birds would dart around yards, climb onto cars and rouse the neighborhood first thing in the morning with resounding cock-a-doodle-doos.

John DiLeonardo, of the rescue group LI Orchestrating for Nature, armed himself with a bag of cracked corn and a giant net. He has spent the past few days rounding up the birds so they can be relocated.

"Dumping a chicken is no different than dumping a dog or a cat. They are domestic animals, they are not wild animals, they don't thrive out here at all," DiLeonardo says.

The rescue group says two peacocks and a pheasant were also found living in the sump.

Most neighbors will likely welcome a return to normalcy -- but perhaps not all of them.

"Honestly, we are starting to miss them," says neighbor Steve Alois. "My wife was in tears this morning because there was one left."

The captured creatures will be brought to an animal sanctuary in New Jersey, where they can live out the rest of their lives.

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