One of the first things you notice when you visit Key West Florida, is the wandering chickens. They’re everywhere – inside stores and restaurants, around parks and homes. And controversy brews around the subject. Some people love them and consider them part of Key West … others want to exterminate them.

It is believed that the modern Key West chicken is descended from the Spanish fighting Game cocks. Arriving in Cuba in the 15th Century, the Spanish Fighting Game Cocks migrated to Key West with early Cuban immigrants, where their descendants continue to reside today. I totally would love to study the genes in some of those birds!

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