Here's what to do if feral chickens are driving you crazy

Options available for dealing with feral chicken problem
Published: May. 10, 2016 at 10:15 AM HST|Updated: May. 10, 2016 at 4:32 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Are feral chickens in your yard, at a park near you or keeping you up at night?

Here's the good news: You have options.

The city says it's in its second phase of a feral chicken management program, which runs through June 30. If the animals are city property, call the city Department of Customer Services at 768-4381.

The management program is islandwide and is targeting a host of city properties, including golf courses, parks, and bus facilities.

City spokesman Andrew Pereira said the Hawaii Kai "park and ride" facility and Kapiolani Park are also among the areas included in the program.

Residents near Waikiki Elementary School have complained about feral chickens at Kapiolani Park entering school grounds overnight. State Department of Education officials said the chickens usually leave during the day.

If feral chickens are a problem on private residential property, residents have to tackle them on their own.

Extermination services typically cost $200 or more. Hardware stores also sell traps.

On state property, feral chickens are considered domestic free-range chickens.

According to the state, the feral fowl are not protected birds. You can trap them, but only with approval. A permit is also needed, and you are subject to other county rules and laws regarding animal cruelty.

The state says shooting the animals is legal, but not recommended given liability issues.

For more information on how to tackle feral chickens, click here.

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