Arby Presley and neighbors in Fairborn said there have been chickens wandering the area for decades, but the number recently grew to an estimated 100 and the free-range fowl don't appear to have a consistent food source, WDTN-TV, Moraine, reported Tuesday.
"It's gotten so out of control because there's so many of them," Presley said. "Our worry is that they keep getting killed and they're starving."
Neighbors said the chickens are roosting around property that once belonged to Ray Brewer, who died in November, and now belongs to his son, Terry Brewster.
"What we're looking for is the patience of the neighbors while we get this problem resolved," Brewer said.
He said the plan is to find homes for all of the birds. Fairborn city officials said they are working with Brewster to capture and relocate the chickens, but the process could take months.
Presley said she has been feeding the birds in the meantime.
"It's not the chickens' fault," Presley says. "I feel very sorry for them because they can't help the situation."