Escaped Chickens Cause Traffic Problems On I-10. And Yes, Many Of Them Did Cross The Road.

May 13, 2021

Escaped chickens caused big traffic problems on I-10 near Pine Forest Road midday Thursday.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a commercial vehicle pulling a trailer came to an abrupt stop due to traffic, and multiple cage doors opened. FHP says about 100 chicken escaped onto the interstate.

The driver flew the coop, leaving the chickens behind. That tied up traffic as some of chickens crossed the road for unknown reasons.

FHP troopers and Escambia County Animal Control rounded up most of the chickens, and troopers are working to identify the driver.

Foul play is not suspected.

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30 Responses to “Escaped Chickens Cause Traffic Problems On I-10. And Yes, Many Of Them Did Cross The Road.”

  1. Laugh on May 16th, 2021 8:10 am

    To get to the other side!

  2. Tabby on May 15th, 2021 3:18 pm

    @Jim C– I must disagree. In the recovery of abused animals, usually there are Law Enforcement officers with Animal Control. As for the large animals, my husband is in the woods along our rivers every weekend and sometimes during the week after work. He’s lived here his entire life and could survive without supermarkets or the internet. Not once has he seen a black bear although yes, they are here, albeit scarcely. Hogs aren’t coming into urban areas. The hogs that do invade residential areas are dispatched by rural residents. Besides that, Animal Control wouldn’t come anyway. They’d tell you to call FWC 100% of the time.

    @Tela O— I do know a long time Escambia County Animal Control employee very well and can say I can make a a stronger argument against why they should have firearms. In most dangerous situations, there is a law enforcement officer present. Otherwise, their doing the same job they’ve always done.

  3. Dawn on May 14th, 2021 6:33 pm

    Does anyone know why they crossed the road?

  4. Tracie on May 14th, 2021 2:05 pm

    I have high egg-spectations for this comment section. What’s your best poultry pun?

  5. Bill on May 14th, 2021 9:13 am

    I dream of a world where the street crossing intentions of poultry are not questioned.

  6. lee on May 14th, 2021 8:58 am


  7. Just wondering on May 14th, 2021 8:43 am

    So where do they take these chickens now ?

  8. Tela O. on May 14th, 2021 8:18 am

    Tabby, If you’ve never been an Animal Control Officer, you wouldn’t understand the risk they are put in everyday. They go to the same houses as every Police Officer…without backup. They work by themselves. They are telling those same people that they “might take their animals”. They are constantly put in the middle of “attack dog” situations, rather it’s assisting PD on search warrants or handling their own investigations. The danger of the job is insane. An Animal Control Officer was just shot this week, but the city it happened to list the title “Two police officers and a civilian shot” then later changes the “civilian” to “a city employee” in their narrative because nobody cares enough to call them an officer. If they go through the proper training, they have every right and need to carry a firearm.

  9. Warbeast on May 14th, 2021 8:11 am

    Some of them are Guinea Hens, they are often used as watchdogs for other fowl, as they are very aggressive.

  10. JimC on May 14th, 2021 8:10 am

    @Tabby – Multiple reasons: Occasionally, animal control is involved in recovery of abused and neglected animals, among other duties. Those animals’ owners can and do become aggressive and threatening.
    When dealing with large wild animals (we have black bears, hogs, coyotes, as well as packs, in Escambia County. Rabid/aggressive animals present a clear danger to Animal Control personnel.
    Last, but clearly not last, these folks are Law Enforcement Officers, not the “dog catchers” of the old Little Rascals shorts.

  11. Citizen on May 14th, 2021 7:53 am


    Clever word play.

  12. TJ on May 14th, 2021 6:44 am

    This is an eggcellent article, I cackled several times.

  13. Vulcanrider on May 14th, 2021 6:23 am

    @Tabby…can you say bad dogs, feral cats, venomous snakes and gators? And William, while the did indeed cross the road, the question is…why? Thanks for a laugh this morning…

  14. Tabby on May 13th, 2021 11:12 pm

    Does that animal control guy have a firearm holstered on his side ? If so, I had no idea they even carried. Second, I can’t really imagine a consistent reason for them to carry.

  15. Pun lover on May 13th, 2021 8:51 pm

    I hate that some chickens died, and I hope the driver is captured because is obviously guilty of something (fighting chickens, drugs, has warrants….something. people who aren’t guilty don’t just run)

    But I LOVE THE POULTRY PUNS!! Excellent writing William!

  16. paul on May 13th, 2021 6:28 pm

    that one looks like dog with a glove on his head

  17. paul on May 13th, 2021 6:27 pm

    mmm they look delicious…

  18. Anne on May 13th, 2021 6:02 pm

    Take those yard birds to Cracker Barrel, they KNOW what to do with them.

  19. tg on May 13th, 2021 4:35 pm

    Might be Fighting Chickens. Thats why he ran.

  20. J.Larry Seale on May 13th, 2021 4:21 pm

    That is really a shame, had
    I know about the accident I would would be having chicken
    for supper

  21. rooster on May 13th, 2021 4:12 pm

    this morning one of those roosterss were heard saying ( don’t go ta work ) so I went back to bed.

  22. Chelleepea on May 13th, 2021 4:10 pm

    Hehehe…..driver flew the coop

  23. Pip on May 13th, 2021 4:08 pm

    Lol good joke 10/10

  24. Mary on May 13th, 2021 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the chuckle, William!

  25. Megan on May 13th, 2021 3:53 pm

    This was so sad. I passed it earlier and there were several dead chickens scattered Everywhere.

  26. David on May 13th, 2021 3:50 pm

    Why did the chicken cross the road

  27. Barb on May 13th, 2021 3:48 pm

    That’s the hardest I have laughed in a LONG time!

  28. lol on May 13th, 2021 3:40 pm

    You win article of the day William! Thanks for the laugh!

  29. I love chicken on May 13th, 2021 3:32 pm

    This article made my day!!! I love it!! But hopefully none of the birds had their goose cooked!

  30. Grammernazi on May 13th, 2021 3:21 pm

    Fowl play is suspected however.

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