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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 Songster

    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?

  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Rats will probably be the biggest issue.
  3. bionic_chicken

    bionic_chicken Songster

    Apr 2, 2008
    Spring, TX
    PM chicknhawaii ! She's the one on the island. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2008
  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)
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2008
  5. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

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

  6. Hawn808C

    Hawn808C In the Brooder

    Oct 10, 2008
    Hawks, Owls, Rats and mongooses. we dont got snakes on the islands. >: P
  7. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    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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