Tue, Oct 12, 2010
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Free-range chickens cause a stir

By Lavneeta Natyala

THE perennial question of why the chicken crossed the road has cropped up again - in Henderson Road.

Mr Isaac Ang, 34, a system administrator, spotted a flock of chickens on a road divider near the junction of Henderson Road and Jalan Bukit Merah, and posted pictures of the wandering poultry on citizen-journalism website Stomp last week.

He told my paper: "I saw some chickens on the road divider, roaming freely with no one looking after them."

He said they posed a distraction to motorists driving down Henderson Road in either direction.

However, when he drove along the same road an hour later, the chickens were nowhere to be seen.

The birds are believed to be fed regularly by stall owners at a nearby coffee shop, though it is not known if anyone owns them. A spokesman for the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) said it has not received any feedback about chickens along the road.

There were also no complaints from residents in the area, the spokesman added.

Under AVA's guidelines, each compound is allowed to keep up to a maximum of 10 chickens for non-commercial purposes.

In addition, the birds have to be confined - they are not allowed to roam freely.

Anyone caught flouting the rule will be given a warning. Offenders who disregard the warnings may face a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to one year's jail.

The AVA spokesman added that Singapore is free from bird flu and that residents in Henderson Road face no such health threats.


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