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Maui wants help to get rid of feral chickens

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:44 p.m. HST, Mar 19, 2013

WAILUKU >> The Maui mayor's administration is hoping the Maui Humane Society can help with the problem of feral chickens after one knocked out power to Kahului Airport last month.

People on the island say the feral chicken population is increasing, and with it problems associated with the wild birds, which aren't fat and tasty like domesticated chickens.

The Maui News says Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa is proposing a nearly $200,000 increase in Maui Humane Society's budget. He wants the society to use some of that funding to develop a response to the island's feral chicken problem.

Humane Society officials say that increase merely brings its funding back to 2009 levels. But, the organization says it will try to look for low-cost ways to address Maui's wild chicken population problem.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Let's call it the Stevie Tyler Feral Chicken Adobo bill .
on March 19,2013 | 12:21PM
kauai wrote:
Mmmm, adobo. Garlic, ginger, bay leaf, patis, vinegar, little bit shoyu. Ono.
on March 19,2013 | 03:14PM
foursun wrote:
absoluetly barbaric
on March 19,2013 | 06:05PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Oahu's got a growing feral chicken problem too. The former West Oahu Hospital area is full of them. So are other locales like Kalihi and Pearl City.
on March 19,2013 | 12:49PM
foursun wrote:
Yikes!! so you want to cruelly erradicate them because foolish local people don't know how to take care of their animals? No wonder these local kids are always getting into or making trouble.
on March 19,2013 | 06:07PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
well why don't you contribute to solving the problem by catching them and selling them to a "good home". Probably make more at it than your current job. What is it you do for a living now other than receiving section 8 checks?
on March 19,2013 | 08:04PM
Tony91 wrote:
How about Oahu???? The problem here is far worse than Maui. Chickens are in urban areas too like Kalihi, Maikiki valley and heights, Palolo etc... Meanwhile the humane society no longer responds to feral chicken calls. Instead they provide the contact info for the Hawaii GameCock association. Seriously, they do that.
on March 19,2013 | 12:52PM
eoe wrote:
I can guarantee the problem is not worse than Maui. On Oahu, you have a few neighborhoods or locales that have chickens. Like Hawaii Kai had some around the park and ride, and obviously the rural areas have some. Maui - every neighborhood has them. I have them in the ditch next to my house. They surround office I work at. The McDonalds has chickens hanging out in the drive thru. I go biking or running and routinely have to avoid some freaked out mother hen. They are literally everywhere. We are reaching Kauai levels here.
on March 19,2013 | 01:45PM
entrkn wrote:
no upside to them and big potential downside... eradicate all of them
on March 19,2013 | 12:56PM
cojef wrote:
Wait a minute, sometime ago the City was considering to allow home owners the privlege to raise chickens at home provided there was sufficient space betyween homes. What about that? on one side of the coin, eradicate them on the other side make allowances to homeowners electing to raise chickens at home. Auwe!
on March 19,2013 | 01:54PM
kauai wrote:
Wait a minute. Upside: free raw material/ingredients for a meal(s). Downside: lose the "paniolo country" feel (OK, I'm trying to be funny here). Eradicate with (and not limited to) adobo, stew and southern fried recipes (and any other cooking methods).
on March 19,2013 | 03:25PM
MolokaiChuck wrote:
on March 19,2013 | 01:15PM
lani_moo wrote:
How about Kauai? Bet you there are more chickens than mynah birds.
on March 19,2013 | 01:15PM
kauai wrote:
Heck, more chickens than people on Kauai (I'm guessing)! Pull into Lydgate park, the chickens come running before you even step out of the car! But they're still cute though....
on March 19,2013 | 03:18PM
foursun wrote:
Yikes!! These feral chickens were let loose by local people who just don't know how to care for animals properly. That's why their kids are always misbehaving and getting into trouble. So sad
on March 19,2013 | 06:05PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
who's kids, yours or the chickens? or is there even a difference?
on March 19,2013 | 08:00PM
SteveToo wrote:
Hay foursun if you don't like local people go back to the mainland.
on March 19,2013 | 10:18PM
false wrote:
Just tell everyone they are great to eat, there is a limit of 3, and the season is closed.
on March 19,2013 | 07:29PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Easy solution. Just have the GMO labeling fanatics catch and eat the chickens. Free range right?
on March 19,2013 | 08:56PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
How about them ferral cats too?
on March 19,2013 | 10:11PM
64hoo wrote:
plenty feral chickens around why not just catch them make huli huli chicken and feed the homeless, plenty food for them.
on March 19,2013 | 11:34PM
nobofat9 wrote:
on March 20,2013 | 05:50AM
sluggah wrote:
I live on Maui and my bird dog caught a feral chicken. Ho! Da buggah some tough! Even though we stuck it in the crock pot for 8 hours. I think gotta either treat em like game bird(fast cook) or put em in pen, Either way, the Maui Humane Society will probably just do window dressing. Lady that runs it is lame.
on March 20,2013 | 06:16AM
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