Ybor's wild chickens are as much a part of the neighborhood as red brick buildings and the smell of rolled tobacco.
But some residents say the wild chicken population is growing unnaturally large.
The growing chicken population was discussed during a recent Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC) meeting.
Some residents were hoping that "natural attrition," like hawks, would help limit the population, but some believe that hasn't been enough. Strategies to limit the population growth, like relocating some chickens, was discussed at the meeting, according to notes taken during the meeting by the YCDC.
The problem, some residents say, is that non-Ybor chickens have been dumped into the neighborhood.
"Another suggestion was to explore neutering roosters to control the population, like how the feral cat population is addressed," says the YCDC.
No decision was reached during the meeting, says the YCDC manager Courtney Orr.
Currently there are rules protecting the chickens: Tampa's Bird Sanctuary Law (Art. IV Sec. 14-176) prevents the removal, even temporarily, of any of Tampa's living, wild chickens.
Under the name "Ybor Chickens Society," some residents of Ybor City are petitioning to keep protections for the chickens.
Dylan Breese, creator of the Ybor Chickens Society, has collected over 1,100 signatures, some anonymous signees, in support for his chicken protection campaign. He says on his Facebook page that he does not believe population-mitigation is necessary.
If you'd like to learn more about Breese and his petition you can click HERE.