Chickens may not be considered pets, yet, but they are becoming a new part of the urban landscape. Recently, I paid a visit to the Oakhurst Community Gardens (OCGP), located at the corner of South McDonough Street and Oakview Road in Decatur, just southwest of Agnes Scott College. Its mission is “To cultivate vibrant greenspace and inspire a community of environmental stewards.” Imagine my surprise to find chickens. Yes chickens. Now I spend a good bit of time in Oakhurst getting my soy latte, no foam at Karvarna Coffeehouse , listening to live music on the lawn of the Solarium, and even visiting the OCGP, but I didn’t know that there were chickens at the garden.
As I watched the chickens do what chickens do, trying to get a good photo op, a mother with her young children schooled me on effective chicken engagement. She said, “they really like goldfish.” “Goldfish?” I asked incredulously. She said, “yes goldfish,” and showed me a handful of orange, yellow goldfish crackers. Deep sigh. Whew! She tossed a few strategically placed goldfish into the coop, and the chickens ran over to have their pictures taken. After a few goldfish, they tried to engage me with their strutting moves and cute poses to get more goldfish. I hear they give tours of the chicken coops at Oakhurst Community Gardens. I may hang out with these chicks again.
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