There are some things you just expect to see and hear on North Goodman Street.
Then again, there are some things you just don’t.
“We've had them about 15 years now."
Molly Wilson and her mother Mary are raising a flock.
“You can't just have one chicken," Molly said.
“These are pets that the kids have raised from babies," said Mary.
“The more ducks and chickens around the better. We need a little country in the city," said Molly.
Farm country it is not, but 15 years of raising them hasn’t ruffled any feathers.
“Nobody's ever minded. Our neighbors really seem to like them."
So too does someone else, apparently.
“We actually noticed Monday morning that we were missing a few."
And then on Tuesday even more were gone.
“We don’t know where they are, we don’t know who took them," Molly said.
“So now it’s like where are they? What’s being done with them? You always think the worst and I keep trying to hope that’s not what’s happening," said Mary.
“We’re just devastated.”
Though they sometimes roam free, the 20 or so chickens, ducks and pheasants are usually kept inside in what the Wilson’s thought was a safe place.
“We’re just upset. I mean someone came into our house and took our pets. It’s the same as if you took our dog. I mean, it’s heartbreaking.”
Rochester Animal Control is investigating. Mary says whoever took the birds could return them, no questions asked.
“If they want to just drop them off in the backyard, I won't say anything.”
There’s another thing that’s a bit odd about the thefts. How do you just sneak off with a bunch of birds?
“It’s very hard to hide a chicken. They’re loud.”
It’s that racket that keeps the Wilson’s hopeful. Hopeful that someone can bring the flock home.
“We’re just desperately hoping we can reach as many people as we can. Because they’ve gotta be here somewhere.”
It is legal to raise certain fowl in the city of Rochester, as long as you have a license, which the Wilsons have.