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Until recently the island of Bermuda had about 30,000 feral chickens inhabiting its 21 square miles.  The government of Bermuda began an eradication program because the chickens had become a nuisance to the island's 65,000 human residents.  Despite the best efforts of the ironically named Department of Conservation Service a few hardy chicken survivors can still be found hiding in the dense plant life or, in the case of one rooster, living in a cemetery where the dead humans outnumber the living.  We took these pictures on a recent trip.

 

 

 

 

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And here are some other feral chickens we saw on Bermuda.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wow, Natural selection at its finest!

That graveyard roo is gorgeous.

Thanks stone, for the pics....

 

I think I heard there are feral chickens

like that in the Florida keys too.


 

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goodpost.gif How interesting!

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Tim Henson of Henson Acres: "Where people and poultry are our passion"

 

Focusing exclusively on Cream Legbars

 

 

NPIP# 34-637

 

My pages:

Swap Page

www.HensonAcres.com

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How cool! Thanks for posting. I took a Bird ID and Ecology class and someone did a  presentation on feral chickens on one of the Hawaiian islands.

Lucky mama to two human babies (plus one on the way!), three cats, one German Shepard, foster kittens and the sweetest little flock. In the process of a long move from California to Washington (with a months long layover in Oregon) and looking forward to getting into a house, hatching some new chickens and adding geese, ducks, sheep, goats and bees to our growing family.
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Lucky mama to two human babies (plus one on the way!), three cats, one German Shepard, foster kittens and the sweetest little flock. In the process of a long move from California to Washington (with a months long layover in Oregon) and looking forward to getting into a house, hatching some new chickens and adding geese, ducks, sheep, goats and bees to our growing family.
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Originally Posted by stoneunhenged View Post
 

Until recently the island of Bermuda had about 30,000 feral chickens inhabiting its 21 square miles.  The government of Bermuda began an eradication program because the chickens had become a nuisance to the island's 65,000 human residents.  Despite the best efforts of the ironically named Department of Conservation Service a few hardy chicken survivors can still be found hiding in the dense plant life or, in the case of one rooster, living in a cemetery where the dead humans outnumber the living.  We took these pictures on a recent trip.

 

 

 

 

Hi there... I live in Bermuda and the problem is as big as it ever was.  I have five chickens in my cooped flock, the parents or grandparents of which started out as feral chickens.  With all the cross-breeding, it makes determining breed more than a challenge.  The Government has now taken to shooting feral chickens, the really sad part of which is, Bermuda being a gun restricted place, most of the Govt. employees hired to do this job, are really lousy shots, and more often than not they only only wound the birds or worse and they go off to suffer before they die.  Thank you for your post.

 

Les

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