April 14, 2011

This piece is an excerpt from our contribution to the  NolaVie section of the Times-Picayune's NOLA.com.  It is a response to the Times-Picayune's front page story about feral chickens which have proliferated since Hurricane Katrina.

"Adopt a Feral Chicken Program" Kicks Off

Give a vagabond chicken a chance to proudly re-enter society. The exploding population of feral chickens pressures neighborhoods to seek benevolent means to house the homeless birds and prepare them for a path to fulfillment of their ultimate communal contribution.

With a monthly gift of less than 34 cents a day, you can give a displaced chicken a home. That's only $10 a month! By sponsoring one of these wandering waifs, you will receive a photo of the erstwhile coop-less critter and a list of the many benefits that your adoptee will enjoy as a result of your charitable generosity. 

We'll keep you informed. Each month an email update will be sent to you tracking the progress of your sponsored chick. Once the fowl is fattened to a fashionable level of obesity , your re-domesticated darling will either advance to Olive Oyl's Receiving Center (see related article), or matriculate to the Gallic Gladiators bayou country training camp for athletic career development. 

Make checks payable to the Gallus Ferus Foundation.

Related article:

Olive Oyl's Organic Chicken to Open in 7th Ward

Serving only the finest in free-range fowl, Olive Oyl's provides a true New Orleans venue for your dining enjoyment. Listen to bayou tunes while savoring the succulent fare, naturally spiced just right! Oo-wee! This yard bird is some good!

Since then, I just couldn't quit cooking up chicken pieces while the subject was still hot, thus the following:

Feral Fowl Follow-up

In an obvious change of tone, the Times-Picayune is lightening its content, running leads of feral chicken activity in the city.  Apparently seeking to soften the news, stories of overnight shootings, police and political malfeasance, and natural disaster remnants have fallen below the fold, yielding to news of less weight.  On NOLA.com, the chicken story created a wave of supportive reaction that produced over 6,000 Facebook shares along with hundreds of comments and Tweets.  This coop d'état echoes louder with each passing day.

Sure to ruffle some feathers, however, popular food columnist, Judy Walker, now jumps on the bandwagon with her featured video story, "How to boil a perfect hard boiled egg."  This thinly-veiled sequel clearly suggests the ultimate solution to the wild chicken problem, nipping it in the bud, if you will.  Animal activists will soon be on top of this one, shouting and protesting to curb this genocidal gastronomy.

Overall the new approach seems to be working, a feather in the cap of the T-P editorial staff.  The reading public now fully abreast of the dilemma, the economic impact of the social reaction to the chicken piece has quickly materialized.  A leg up on competition simply by virtue of nomenclature, Coop's Place reports the phone is wringing (sic) off the wall with requests for poultry pens.