Fitzgerald, Georgia: Downtown Wild Chickens - Festival

An Army Corps of Engineers experiment gone haywire left Fitzgerald with a population of wild chickens that roams the streets and has the right-of-way. Annual Wild Chicken Festival.
Address:
Main St., Fitzgerald, GA
Directions:
I-75 exit 82 (Ashburn), then 25 miles east on Hwy 107 into town.
Hours:
Festival third weekend in March
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Sidewalk chickens.

Wild Chickens

Early morning bock-bock-bock and enthusiastic crowing mingle with the cooing of doves and chirps of other birds. Burmese chickens and roosters roam freely throughout town.

[Meg Zorn, 02/19/2014]
Wild Chicken Festival

The third weekend of March, Fitzgerald celebrates an Army Corps of Engineers experiment gone awry. Several varieties of chickens were bred to supply the military. When support for the endeavor dried up, the chickens were released. Now they multiply and roam the streets.

There are love and hate 'em factions. Some residents put feeders out. Some catch 'em and serve 'em on Sunday. Anyway, the Festival is a big draw, with vendors and a petting zoo, donkey rides, and hot wing eating contest.

[John, 02/06/2007]

December 2007: Michael Kinard points out that this is probably the only town "where chickens have the right-of-way."

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