Fort Mill Times

Friendly fowl roosting in Old Orchard

A small flock of chickens took up residence at Fort Mill Vision recently.
A small flock of chickens took up residence at Fort Mill Vision recently.

Fort Mill Vision got some new neighbors last weekend.

Nine chickens showed up in the parking lot of the Old Orchard business more than a week ago and have been hanging around ever since, Pam Langford said. Langford and other employees at Fort Mill Vision have been feeding them and keeping an eye on their antics.

The chickens - seven roosters and two hens - have since taken up residence in the woods behind the building and spend most afternoons in a small clearing next to the vision center.

"We put up the blinds so we can watch them," Langford said. "The customers don't mind waiting as much now because they can sit and watch the chickens."

Before they found out most of their new feathered friends were boys, they named one of the roosters Gertrude.

"We think the headline should be, 'Don't be a chicken: get your eyes checked at Fort Mill Vision,'" Denise Anderson joked.

No one knows if the chickens belong to anyone or if they are wild, but they don't seem spooked by the employees, so they're guessing the flock of fowl is domesticated.

"Everyone knows they're here, and no one has come to get them, so I don't know," Langford said. "Someone even left an egg on our porch."

"If we find out who it was, we were thinking about leaving a rotisserie chicken on their porch," Michelle Taylor said.

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