Fun Fridays are back. Remember?
The chicken debate is brewing in Great Falls, and what could be more fun than that? Great Falls Tribune reporter Richard Ecke has this story about a hen “squabble” with “exiled” chickens in the Electric City, and it may sound vaguely familiar.
Question: What do you get if you cross urban chickens with the Electric City? Answer: Fried chicken.
The photo above is of a souvenir I kept from the great chicken debates in Missoula. It’s a letter dated August 29, 2007. Nearly three years, and no reports of fowl cannibalism in city limits have wafted to Animal Control yet. (Seen Food Inc., though? It happens when those birds don’t have enough leg room.)
The man who sent the letter would go to Missoula City Council meetings in a chicken suit, and his note had tiny plastic rubber chickens taped all over. Plus the rubber chicken keyring, which you can see.
Evidently, the problem in Missoula, albeit a small one, isn’t the lack of leg room, but sometimes too much. The latest chicken report in Missoula is this, today from Animal Control’s Ed Franceschina:
— Number of permits issued: 50 (That means 300 maximum chickens)
— Number of complaints this year: Seven, including the following: three reports of injured chickens; one report of a roaming hen (See? Too much room to roam); one in an open yard; and one apparently crowing “chicken.” Uh-oh.
Franceschina said he’s gotten calls from people in Great Falls and even Canada asking how Missoula’s fowl law is working out.
“A lot of places want to become Meccas for chickens,” Franceschina said.
He said he doesn’t live next to chickens, but from an Animal Control point of view, seven calls in five months this year is a sleeper of an issue.
“It’s just not a big deal,” he said.
Now, with the crowing rooster in mind, and because substitutions can work out nicely, I pulled up an old recipe for Butter Chicken with curry and garlic and herbs and ginger.
More fun later, with Stephen King. Honest.
— Keila Szpaller