Staff Photo: John Bohn Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter holds five young chickens that he trapped after the chickens had over-ran a neighborhood on Colony Court in Norcross. Hunter constructed a trap that the chickens were driven into. The captured chickens were taken away on Thursday.
NORCROSS -- County Commissioner Tommy Hunter bled a little Thursday in the name of public service.
Fellow Commissioner Lynette Howard got poison ivy.
The pair got dirty Thursday, helping out a Norcross neighborhood over-run by wild chickens.
"That's what I ran for," Hunter said of getting hands-on with a public problem, after residents complained about more than 50 fowl in their community at a recent town hall meeting.
Howard, who represents the Norcross neighborhood off South Norcross-Tucker Road, had thought that animal control had taken care of the problem, but residents said the traps officials set did little to catch the critters, who have multiplied since a neighbor abandoned a roost years ago when they learned keeping the animals was against a county code.
Hunter, who grew up on a Buford farm, said he thought he could help out, and last month he was able to catch about 18 fowl.
In the 95-degree heat Thursday, he set a trap made from chicken wire and PVC pipe, and Howard and a few others worked to scare the chickens in that direction. In less than an hour, a hen and five babies (biddies) had been captured.
"It worked like a charm," Hunter said. "... We commissioners might not be much, but we are smarter than a chicken."
LePret Williams said she has noticed a difference since the officials began their mission but said the aggressive roosters can still be a problem.
"I'm tired of these clucking chickens," she said. "It's been miserable living with these chickens for five years."
Williams' 10-year-old son Solomon helped in the endeavor.
"This is fun," he said, adding that he usually stays away from the fowl. "It's OK, but once they start chasing you, it's not fun anymore."