Because officials in one Long Island town passed a resolution that requires live poultry to be kept in enclosures, no longer roaming free in backyards where they can escape.
Not the world's greatest punchline, we know.
Residents in the College Woods neighborhood of Central Islip have complained about fowl wandering into their yards and crossing the road. At a public hearing before the town board's Tuesday vote, one resident held up a photo of eight chicks that strayed from home.
Another resident who testified lives in a house that abuts a property with almost 60 birds. She complained she's seen them on the street.
Residents also complained about roosters' noisy cock-a-doodle-doos coming from some homeowners' yards.
It'll take more than another resolution to turn them into cock-a-doodle-don'ts.