Kauai Chickens

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Last month I spent a few days on the island of Kauai. It was a short vacation-business trip of which I had only one day to sight see.

One of the unusual things I encountered on a trip up to Waialua Falls were chickens. I did not think twice about them, even though there a small group of them were at the lookout area. I thought, “this is kind of funny… no one living close by and here are some nice looking chickens and a rooster.”

There were more free chickens further north and the next day I spotted another group of chickens running around the parking lot area and the tropical foilage of the Kauai Marriott Resort hotel.

I found out that the chicken population on Kauai grew after 1992’s Hurricane Iniki struck the island. That hurricane caused millions of dollars of damage and nearly killed the economy there. Because of the damage, a lot of domestic chickens escaped and could not be found. Apparently those chickens did well as they fled civilization, reproduced and made homes in the wild.

Without many natural predators like the mongoose which are plentiful on all the islands except Kauai, it is no wonder that the feral chicken population on the island has grown. Certainly one of the unexpected sites you will see if you visit the beautiful garden island.

1 Comment so far

  1. Jenn (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2005 @ 8:15 am

    It’s one of the new(er) trademarks of Kauai. The last time I went home, I *knew* I was back on Kauai because on my way back to the car, my path was crossed by a hen with about 6 chicks in tow, in the middle of the shopping center parking lot!



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