Honolulu, HI

Thousands of feral chickens are taking over downtown Honolulu


Photo byZachariah Smith

Hawaii faces a significant problem with feral chickens. Hundreds of chickens were released into the wild after Hurricane Iniki’s destruction in 1992. The growing populations are a known nuisance in the suburbs and rural areas of the different Hawaiian Islands, but now across Honolulu, feral chickens have infiltrated the lives of residents.

Nathan Serota, the spokesperson for the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks & Recreation, said:

On the environmental side, the expanding chicken population has been a detriment to the condition of many parks and fields. Chickens don't really care about jurisdiction. They're gonna go where they want to go, and they can fly. So in efforts to control them, they may go from a park to a private residence to another area, like a state jurisdiction. So it can be difficult to try and control them in the trapping sense because they just will go all over the place. Wild animals don't really care about these jurisdictional boundaries.

The number of feral chickens has grown significantly these past years. A bill for the 2022 legislative session proposing a five-year plan to curb chicken populations with the introduction of a bird feed meant to prevent eggs from hatching failed to pass this session.

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