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Predation issues on the Big Island of Hawaii?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SusanJoM, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know I've seen at least one Big Islander on here, so maybe you can help me out. I'm in CA, but my friend in Wailea is thinking about starting with chickens, and we've been trying to figure out what his predator issues are likely to be.

    We were thinking rats and mongoose, but....?

    Can you help me help him?

    Susan
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Rats will probably be the biggest issue.
     
  3. bionic_chicken

    bionic_chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PM chicknhawaii ! She's the one on the island. [​IMG]
     
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  4. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Rats, mongoose, DOGS, cats,any non-native snakes or other former "pets", hawks, HEAT and PEOPLE, would be my guesses. Oh, and hurricanes. P.S.: How much are eggs over there nowadays?? Last time I went to Oahu (LONG AGO), they were $3.OO a HALF dozen! I asked why, and the grocery mgr. said "no chickens on the island" I asked why not, he said, "5,OOO miles-- too far for them to fly!!" (rolleyes)
     
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  5. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks, everyone, I'll pass your information along. Sounds about right to me, too....

    Susan
     
  6. Hawn808C

    Hawn808C Out Of The Brooder

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    Hawks, Owls, Rats and mongooses. we dont got snakes on the islands. >: P
     
  7. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn't there a population of feral chickens on the island, I thought I read that somewhere. I know there are feral chickens in Key West if they have survived all the hurricanes lately.
     

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