total newbie here
thanks for posting this, it got me thinking about these, so I looked up the picture of "Hawaiian chickens" at Feathersite, so now at least I know what my roo is ! (as a red jungle fowl, he's gorgeous, he's rather noisy ... but mostly he cackles like a setting hen ! mostly when he sees the local "parakeets" down on the ground foraging -- only crows a few times in the morning )
however, our "morning" is a bit strange since there's a 10,000 foot mountain east of us, between us and "sunrise"
I suspect the roo is an escapee from somewhere in the neighborhood, as the family over the back fence used to raise cocks for "you know what" illegal activity until they moved a couple of years ago
I'm still trying to figure out what these chickens are that we've "inherited" ... they just showed up one day ...
two hens with white-blond feathers down to base of neck, otherwise black (with hint of metallic green in the sunlight), small red single combs ... I suspected they were Easter Egg chickens (since that's what a friend sold our tenant) ... but these have yellow legs ! (have seen only one egg on the property, and it was white and the size I'd associate with bantams ... and it was obviously well aged)
one of those hens has two all-black chicks (appear to be one pullet, one cockerel) and had one miscellaneous blond pullet (which the wild cats in the neighborhood got) -- the two all-black chicks survived ... all three with yellow legs
the other hen is likewise streaky all-blond -- I guess you'd call it buff, but it's yellow buff not beige buff ... light platinum blond on neck with a little bit of darker barring; body and wings are almost pastel RIR color with light chocolate barring, tail is light brown with black barring and maybe a few black feathers ... again with yellow legs ... hard to describe because they won't let me get within 20 to 30 feet of them, except for the hen-with-chicks who can be downright friendly
all three hens are rather pretty ...
all free range birds -- I've been throwing out cracked corn, black-oil sunflower seeds, mixed dove food, and leftover cooked rice ... and they roam our half-acre tropical jungle, as well as the untended tall grass in the property next door
question --- tenant left rice in a cabinet and weevils got into it -- would that be okay for these birds ? they eat cockroaches and centipedes as a standard diet (Hawaii is paradise for pests as well as people) ... oatmeal in the same condition ??
they also snitch some of the dry cat food I put out for our official mouse/rat catching cat (NutroMax) so I'm trying to feed the chickens just before I put the catfood out, and put out no more than the cat can eat in a reasonable time ...
however I think the hens may have intimidated the cat since I've seen the chicks at the cat-bowl with the cat sitting back watching ...
I'm hoping to entice them into a coop so I can check to see if the hens are laying --- since even in 'winter' we have 12+ hours of sunlight, low around 60*, high in mid 70s ... and give them a bit more protection at night, because one of the wild cats definitely DOES climb trees, I've seen him up in the mango and he seems to sleep up in the macadamia tree
advice cheerfully accepted