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Chicken runs afoul of police, lays egg at station

FORT KENT, Maine — Employees at the Chippy Center in Fort Kent received a visit from an unexpected guest on Thursday morning.

Employees at the center, located next to Fort Kent Community High School on Pleasant Street, called the Fort Kent Police Department for assistance at 9:30 a.m. to report the fowl visitor.  

“We got a call from the Chippy Center reporting a stray chicken,” said Police Chief Tom Pelletier. “They could hear chirping sounds outside the door and when they looked outside they saw a real live chicken.”

Officer Curtis Picard responded to the scene and transported the chicken, which police determined is of the Barred Plymouth Rock breed, to the police department, where it is currently being held in a shelter behind the station used to house dogs temporarily.

The chicken seemed to be making itself at home in the shelter, because at 2:30 p.m., while checking on the chicken, Picard discovered that it had laid an egg.

It is unclear from which coop the chicken flew, so police are asking for the public’s help to return the wayward bird to its rightful owner.

Anyone with information about the chicken should call the Fort Kent Police Department at (207) 834-5678.

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