Feral fowl on Oahu still a crowing concern

Feral fowl on Oahu still a crowing concern

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The call of the wild outside Gene Kridler's Kaneohe home is getting louder.

'You gotta wear ear plugs to go to sleep," he said.

He said packs of feral roosters and chickens descend on his street at all hours of the day.

"My next door neighbor, she'll sometimes in the morning have about 15 or 20 of them in her yard. The whole neighborhood. They cruise the whole neighborhood," he said.

We first heard Kridler's complaints two years ago. But back then the city had a contractor who responded to feral fowl calls. Mayor Caldwell ended the contract to focus the $80,0000 a year on other city services.

"The city's position is to trap them if you can. And to dispose of them you can turn them into the Humane Society. If you don't want to trap them yourselves then you can seek a private business to do it for you," said Sheri Kajiwara, director of the Department of Customer Services.

Basically, wild chicken and rooster complaints now go to the cops.

"The police department? I've tried that already," Kridler said. "They don't have time for this."

City Council budget chair Ann Kobayashi agrees. She fought cutting the contract and wants to restore money so the city can once again respond to wild chicken complaints.

"We should just let someone who is knowledgeable about how to control this situation, give them the contract," she said.

"If they have enough money to do all this with the rail and everything else, why can't they find a small portion of money to get this back on track?" Kridler said. "Right now nobody can do anything about this. Our neighborhood is giving up."

But even when the city had contracts with chicken catchers there were complications. One couple that did the work was also involved in cockfighting. Kobayashi thinks a reputable catcher can be found -- and must be found.

"It's really aggravating to be wakened every day with these roosters, or not being able to sleep at night," she said.

Kridler said the feral roosters in his neighborhood can start crowing at 11 at night "and go all the way to 6 o'clock in the morning."

That's an annoyance he wants to put to bed.

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