Wild Fowl, Kauai

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  • A cock struts his stuff, fearing no mongoose!
    A cock struts his stuff, fearing no...
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    The Wild Fowl of Kaua'i

    by AKtravelers Written Jan 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: You won't be on the ground long in Kaua'i before you notice an abundance of feral roosters, hens and chicks loitering on the roadsides and gathering in parks. If you happen to miss them because you arrived at night, rest assured you'll know there are lots of roosters on Kaua'i sometime before sunrise. They are everywhere!

    The locals seem to be of two minds as to why there are so many farm birds running wild on Kaua'i. The first theory has to do with hurricane Iniki, which ravaged the island in 1993 and set free lots of the local livestock. The other theory is that they have always been around, but that the local people gradually stopped making the effort to catch and eat them as prosperity increased in the late 20th century and it became much easier to get the headless, pre-plucked, meatier varieties in the local grocery store.
    What both these theories have in common is that Kaua'i is the only major Hawaiian island to which the mongoose was never introduced. So, the roosters and hens have to animal to check their population growth. And even thoughthe feral bird can be pests and environmental trouble, there are legions of locals who protect the birds from county efforts to reduce their numbers.

    A cock struts his stuff, fearing no mongoose!
    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Travel with Pets

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    Watch out for the chickens,...

    by mary_birt Written Oct 6, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Watch out for the chickens, there are hundreds of them. This is the fault of Hurrican Ikke, which threw the pens everywhere.

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