Four chickens that were let loose on the Berkeley High campus last week were stolen from King Middle School’s Edible Schoolyard, according to Jonah Mossberg, a gardener and garden teacher at the school. They are now safely back in their coop on the school premises.

Last week we reported that four chickens — a New Hampshire Red, a Buff Orpington, a Barred Rock, and a Wyandotte — had been scooped up by Berkeley High School security staff after being found on campus. The officers took the birds to a neighbor, Shirley Carrie Brewin, who keeps chickens, and they were then taken to Berkeley’s Animal Shelter. Two Berkeleyside readers — Emma and bhs-student — left notes in our Comments saying they believed the chickens belonged to King Middle School.

Mossberg collected the birds from the animal shelter. He said the chicken coop had been broken into on the night of June 8. “We are relieved to have found them. There are no suspects at this point,” he said.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. As am ex Berkeley High Student i’m offended by the judgements you make about those you know little to nothing about. Thanks for being great role models and supporting the youth older generation. It means a lot to us….

  2. I’m glad the chickens are home again and that they weren’t hurt, not considering the trauma. I’m hoping the teens who were drinking were not driving.

  3. A bunch of surly skaters are also hanging out there on Rose all the time now, and won’t make way for use of the handicapped ramp, which they are using to skateboard.

  4. If* — that small two letter word with the big meaning — we had true community policing vs. the PR and electoral gimmick that it’s always been, the neighbors there could tell you that intoxicated teens arrive on Berryman @ Josephine as well as the other dead end entrance on Rose Street ‘en masse’ to do their drinking and blast off their fireworks 24/7 especially Friday ~ Sunday evening.  It’s endless and ongoing and continues unabated.  Amazing that they have not trashed everything there twenty times over across time as when they really get worked up, they take to racing the SUV’s etc., are surly at passing neighbors, and even try to run them down for amusement if they are out for a walk at times.  

  5. 10 bucks says it was a senior prank!
     Suspects???? a little over the top, kinda like the witch hunt against the streakers