Chicken Scoop

Why did the chicken cross the road? Well, if you were with me on Kauai a couple of weeks ago, the answer would be unfortunate, as the chicken got de-feathered by the car in front of me. But there does seem to be a proliferation of chickens and roosters everywhere these days. Maunawili, Wailua, Hilo, Waipahu, Lihue, the list and the locations of roosters crowing goes on and on. Forget the obvious noises and the inconvenience of these slow-moving birds while you drive, there are also some health-related concerns with these wild birds, including chicken mites, which can really leave you itching; trust me, I now know, unfortunately.

So maybe it's just that my awareness has perked up, but it does seem like there's been a real chicken shift lately, as these omni-present birds come out of the woods, onto the road, across the golf course, near the ocean and even around restaurants and residential places, and it's no better a sight than if we had a sudden increase in vagrant cats or dogs.

Since many of us have opted not to live the farm life, hearing one of these birds at 5:15 in the morning is not music to our ears; I already own an alarm cluck. I don't know what the solution is; frankly, I don't know if there really is an invasion going on, and I really don't want to ruffle any feathers or keep on cackling, but keep a bird's eye view on whether or not this is, in fact, a growing nuisance. Think about it...