Posts with the tag: "feral chickens in hi"
The chickens are coming! The chickens are coming! This seems to be the cry that is being sounded throughout the Island of Kauai and other parts of Hawaii. Feral chickens have become a serious problem that is currently increasing at alarming rates. These wild chickens are not just crossing the road; they are invading parking lots, congregating in forests, and even coming out onto the beaches. To make matters worse, they are finding ample food supply by eating from garbage cans and pet food dishes that are in the yard; and some tourists visiting our area are even feeding them scraps!
Sounds like the makings of a good joke that probably ends with, "He needed something to cock-a-doodle doo." It might even be followed up with, "Why did the turkey cross the ocean?" "To prove it wasn't chicken!" But--turkeys have nothing to do with this article. So, before we find ourselves following a rabbit trail--and subsequently realizing that this article has nothing to do with rabbits either--let's get back to those chickens. The real reason the chicken crossed the ocean is because we brought it over. Before that, there were no chickens in Hawaii. There is some speculation, however, as to when these birds first set foot on the Islands, and even greater speculation surrounding a certain farm and certain hurricane named Iniki, that presumably caused the mass release of domesticated chickens into the wild. It doesn't really matter how it all started. That fact is, it did, and now we're left to figure this chicken mess out--quite literally.
There are many exotic creatures that call Hawaii their home--and some that are not so exotic. These pests get into homes and businesses, damage property, damage crops, pose a danger to residents and visitors, and threaten indigenous wildlife. It isn't their fault, really. They're just doing what they were born to do. But they can't be allowed to run amok. They must be controlled. When it comes to managing bugs and wildlife, homeowners, business owners, farmers and state municipalities are turning to Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions.
When you think of invasive pests, chickens are probably not the first animal that comes to mind. But in Hawaii, it is a growing concern. It isn't merely the unwelcome sound of a wild rooster at four in the morning, or the incessant clucking throughout the day. Residents are worried that these birds are getting more aggressive. "I watched a hungry chicken peck a toddler munching on a cracker at Hideaways Beach," said one resident. This is a problem. There are reports of roosters fighting, a hen rushing a tourist to protect her young, and chickens in school yards. But beyond this growing fear, there are more immediate concerns. Chickens leave their droppings everywhere, carry disease, dig holes, damage vegetation, kill native Hawaiian birds and damage machinery. For these reasons the city council of Honolulu has taken action