Noisy feral chickens upset Oahu residents

Feral chickens

Plagued by wild chickens. It’s a problem many residents are dealing with island-wide. Over the past few months, it’s gotten worse.

“It’s just really getting bad ’cause they used to crow at normal times. Now they crow two o’clock in the morning. Three o’clock. All the time,” said Kailua resident John Deluca.

You’re allowed to trap them, but it’s against the law to kill them.

“People just say, ‘Oh get a gun. A BB gun, or a pellet gun, or a .22 and go and shoot them. But you can get in trouble for that. I don’t recommend it. But people are talking about it,” said Deluca.

Elizabeth Royos is with the Hawaii Game Breeders Association (HGBA). From 2005 to 2013, they were hired by the city to respond to feral chicken complaints. In 2014, the city’s program was cut, but HGBA says they’re still getting calls for help.

“How many calls do you get now days?” KHON2 asked.

“Now days, sometimes I get five. Sometimes I get three. Sometimes I get two,” said Royos.

“Every day?” KHON2 asked.

“Yeah, every day,” said Royos.

The issue isn’t just on the Windward side. HGBA says they get calls from Ewa, Kapolei, Mililani, Kalihi, and Hawaii Kai. Wild chickens are also popping up in Aiea Heights.

“There’s one mother that every day she comes through our fence. And I guess she had a bunch of chicks, so it’s starting up again,” said Aiea resident Stephanie Nishimura.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi says the city should bring back the program so that residents can have peace of mind.

“Do you think it’s gotten worse ever since the contract was pulled?” KHON2 asked.

“Definitely. Because as I say, even this woman talked about all these chicks that are along Nuuanu Avenue going over the Pali. So those chicks are going to become chickens and roosters, so the problem just escalates,” Councilmember Kobayashi said. “So we have to do something and that contract should be let and we gotta move on with this problem.”

If you have problems with wild chickens, your only other option is to call police.

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