In keeping with campus sustainability efforts and the local food movement, the Emory seniors piloted a library initiative last night, promoting chickens in urban academic landscapes. Eighteen chickens and two roosters were involved.
Though chickens do not typically frequent the library, there are many benefits of having them nearby:
- Local source of protein - eggs or chicken legs?????
- Source of fertilizer - Chicken poop is high in nitrogen and great for compost pile- BUT probably not library carpet pile.
- Natural pest control - chickens eat cockroaches, horn worms, aphids, grubs, and mice. (Boy. won't our Preservation Office be pleased.)
Chickens were found last night by security. One rooster was left in the 2nd level men's restroom.
"When I heard the noises at first, I thought it was just Swoop doing his thing," said Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Rick Luce, "but I knew something was fowl when I got a little closer."
Dana Carvey from Saturday Night Live says “Chickens make lousy house pets.”
After recovering fom the pullet surprise, security quarantined the chickens in the loading dock hall under heavy guard, where the LIBRARY CHICKS await a new home.
11am UPDATE: Animal Control has taken the chickens from the library, BUT the urban chicken farmers have been alerted, so we are 100% confident that the chickens will not meet an utimely end.
HAPPY ENDING: All have good homes
Submitted by Kim Collins on 4/28/2011
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