Skip to comments.Florida town orders boy with autism to give up pet chickens
Posted on 12/08/2013 7:31:58 PM PST by rustyboots
A Florida town has ordered an autistic Florida boy to relinquish the pet chickens his parents say have transformed him from a troubled little boy given to harming himself into a vibrant and happy preschooler
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Somehow I continue to be amazed by the sheer lack of intelligence or common sense shown by government officials at any level.
Chickens are dirty disease carrying dumb birds who belong on a bbq.
Get the kid a parrot or a parakeet.
It isn't for protection, it's for control.
Can he name what damage they're doing?
As ridiculous as it sounds, it is possible. Then the town can't say thing one about the chicken(s).
They’re only dirty if they’re penned and not kept clean.
Do Chickens Make Good Pets?
Chickens can make good pets and they are actually one of the most advantageous pets. They usually eat bugs and they also provide food. They are easy to take care of and cheap to maintain.
Chickens usually are not a nuisance. It is the roosters that neighbors don’t like.
I can understand a rule against roosters as they tend to be noisy but let the kid keep his chickens.
Doesn't the city council have to go get their mom a flea dip or something?
parents need to move to a town where the kid can have chickens
but they are therapy chickens
Don’t they have anything better to do?!
Big government taking care of you. all for your own good...
The parents need a lawyer familiar with the Americans With Disabilities Act. If the chickens qualify as “service animals” for the boy, as it seems clear they are, and if the City Officials insist on being officious, then litigation may rightfully enrich the boy and his parents.
Taxpayers stupid enought to keep such fools in office have no complaint when they are billed for the acts of their employees.
Why does Florida have so many liberal dipsheets? Almost every day we read about something really stupid or hardcore left coming out of the Sunshine State.
Yes, I know it has given us Debbie Wasserman-Schulz and Alan Grayson, but it has also given up Col. Allen West (who they rejected the second time around).
I’ll trade the chickens the little boy needs for getting rid of the three chickenshits on the City Council. Would be worth it.
Then give the autistic child some raptors as pets. Then nobody would bother him.
I live in a residential area. The house to my left has chickens; three houses to the right they have every kind of poultry you can imagine. They don’t smell, they aren’t noisy, they eat bugs (like ticks), and I have access to fresh eggs.
Stupid, stupid, stupid. Controlling, and stupid.
“Chickens are dirty disease carrying dumb birds who belong on a bbq.
Get the kid a parrot or a parakeet.”
Birds are birds - feathered sh*t machines. Some are more colorful than others, some more tender.
The isue isn’t which birds, but how will the community officials cope with the boy’s specific birds which have become his de facto service/therapy animals.
The parents should call them Service Chickens and sue the town.
Funny, your comment. We had renters down the block and the boy wanted a goat for 4H. I didn’t have the heart to tell him no and said he could if the city said okay. A couple weeks later we heard goats in the back yard. I called the city and was told that we have no ordinances against any animal whatsoever, as long as we can take care of it. Pig? Yes. A cow? Yes. So, there are communities. Our town is 12,000.
Nice statement. Not.
I was friends with a gal who lived in Williamsburg brooklyn (back in the day, before the hipsters went there) - in a very Italian section.
She told me that a lot of people bought lambs and kept them for a while to fatten them up and then slaughtered them for Easter dinner.
I don’t know if that still happens, but maybe.
There also were always some Roosters on the Lower East Side, because you’d hear them crow if you’d had a particularly long night!
I dunno about that
barbequed parakeet may be pretty tasty, too
easier for the cops to stomp, too
Was he choking his chicken?
I didn’t see that any of the neighbors were complaining about the boy’s chickens so the city doesn’t have any legitimate reason to ban them. Most cities allow chickens.
Surely they could get little vests that say "service chicken" to make it all OK. I couldn't find any pictures, so the dog version will have to do. But some entrepreneur could make a fortune filling this need.
funny, I had them at my suburban home for several years - neither smelly or dirty if properly maintained. I found them curious and far more intelligent than pen raised pheasant, though not quite as bright as the quail Ive raised.
the parents need to meet this bs head and not cave and move - wtf should they be inconvenienced for a towns ridiculous lack of compassion
I’ve have a parrot who is about 14 years old. She tells me when she wants fresh water and food.
I raised chickens as a kid. There’s a night and day difference.
Sorry for going off topic a bit, but is there a doggie bed that has a blanky on top, so they can burrow under the covers?
Hey, what a great idea! I never knew they existed. Words to search for: pet cave, cozy cave, snoozers, burrow bed
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