Fair or Fowl? Residents Squawk, Try to Keep Chickens from Crossing the Road

Chickens are sold at a chicken market on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2005 in Shanghai, China. China's Premier Wen Jiabao warned that the country faces a serious threat from bird flu, since the disease is still not under control despite massive nationwide efforts to stop its spread. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko
ISLIP, N.Y. (CBS/AP) Why didn't the chickens cross the road?

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.