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Gwinnett Commissioners round up more chickens in Norcross
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Gwinnett Commissioners round up more chickens in Norcross

Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter built trap to catch wild chickens that have overrun Danbury Village Subdivision in Norcross. He caught a hen and five bitties in under sn hour.

Gwinnett Commissioners round up more chickens in Norcross

Two Gwinnett County Commissioners return to the Danbury Village subdivision to capture wild chickens that have overrun the Norcross neighborhood.

 

Tommy Hunter, whose family owns chicken farms, built a custom pen to trap the birds.  He caught 18 on his first attempt last month, and caught six in the first hour Thursday.

 

"County commissioners might not be good for much, but we are smarter than a chicken," he joked.

 

Joined by fellow commissioner Lynette Howard and his county administrative assistant, Hunter coaxed a hen and then her five bitties into the trap.  Then all three waited in the shade to begin the next roundup.

 

"Right now it looks like we've knocked the numbers down pretty good, I don't think we'll ever catch them all," he tells WSB's Sandra Parrish.

 

LePret Williams, who lives in the house next to where Hunter set up the trap, is just thankful for the hands-on approach by the commissioners.

 

"I think that after all this time that it's been going on, I appreciate the attention that it's gotten because it's kind of been miserable living with these chickens for the past five years," she says.

 

The birds apparently proliferated after originally being owned as pets by a previous neighbor who left them behind after moving.

 

Hunter takes the chickens to his family's farm in Hall County.  He says he plans to return the neighborhood again if necessary.

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