Honolulu takes another look at dealing with feral chickens

HONOLULU — Honolulu has decided to look for a better way to deal with feral chickens after its first attempt at getting a handle on the birds resulted in a cost of $108 per chicken caught and killed.

One reason Honolulu found it difficult to capture feral chickens was because they would run from city property to state or private property where city-paid staffers aren’t authorized to enter, the Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.

Deputy Customer Services Director Randy Leong said the city doesn’t have the authority to enter private property, and even if it did, there would be liability issues.

“I don’t want to humorize this, but really, the chickens often cross the road and go into properties such as the state, federal properties and private properties such as condominiums, or strip malls or apartment complexes,” Leong said. “If a city contractor were to enter a residential neighborhood and traverse through the neighborhood and go from one home to another, the city could be exposed to a myriad of claims.”

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration said it will work with the state to take another look at the issue after being pressed by City Council members.

East Honolulu Councilman Trevor Ozawa, who heads the Council Budget Committee, proposed that the city set aside $160,000 for a citywide feral chicken mitigation program.

Ozawa told Caldwell’s officials that he considers tackling the feral chicken issue a core service.

“It’s public health and safety, and general welfare of the citizens,” Ozawa said.

The city started a pilot program more than two years ago to deal with feral chickens on city-owned properties, Leong said.

The first contract, for $80,000, ran from August to November 2015 and resulted in the capture of 670 chickens from parks, golf courses and facilities using electronic traps, cameras and monitoring, city officials said. The second contract, also for $80,000, resulted in the capture of 807 chickens, from February to June 2016, most of them from parks and urban forestry sites where the city receives the most complaints.

The captured chickens were then killed by placing them in an enclosed chamber that euthanizes them, a method approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association, city officials said.

Both contracts were with Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

  1. harryoyama2 April 5, 2018 12:36 am Reply

    What a waste of taxpayer’s money $160,00 for 1477 chickens or $108 per chicken. How about just letting private owners hire residents to shoot them with pellet air rifles for free? We used to have problems in Wahiawa with roosters crowing 4am in the morning or late at night. Got out the Beeman spring .177 and put him and number of hens out of commission at no cost to the City. The landscaping people just ran over it with lawnmowers and created natural fertilizer for the plants. Animal rights people may not like that idea, but if the City declares it lawful to do so, then its open season for these wild chickens

  2. Howard April 5, 2018 5:35 am Reply

    LOL. We have a neighbor who feeds the feral chickens and treats them as pets, even giving some of them names. Lots of stray chickens show up at her homeless shelter, which is what I call it.

    When the noise gets to be too much, like 6 roosters crowing at the same time, I pick them off one at a time with an air rifle, … that is when they walk across the road onto our property. It works pretty good. Must watch your back-sight to be safe, and practice with a target to aim well, but it works.

    First I bought an expensive trap, and it doesn’t work. Will sell it if someone wants it.

  3. My Two Cents April 5, 2018 6:54 am Reply

    $108 a chicken! Where do i sign up?! Lolz

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