Jungle Fowl of Kauai

They’re on about every square foot of the island. Supposedly the great hurricane of 1992, which practically leveled the island, demolished most of the chicken enclosures and they’re now everywhere. Pretty soon you get so accustomed to the crowing that it’s no bother.

Most of them are the breed known as Red Jungle Fowl.

It wouldn’t be difficult — heh-heh —to have barbecued or stewed chicken at any time (pellet gun or snare).

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Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

9 Responses to Jungle Fowl of Kauai

  1. when we lived up in Punaluu Valley (also known as Green Valley) Oahu………one son brought home a box with a burnt feather hen sitting on a pile of eggs. I said, "those will not hatch after that fire at that house!!". well, sometimes moms are wrong. All 15 of those hatched and were fighting chickens. I always wondered why that son always had money of his own. He used to sell them to folks that did Chicken fighting for money. They are beautiful birds.

  2. The reason there are so many chickens on Kauai is no predators.
    The rest of the islands have mongooses brought in by sugar companies to kill rats that cause bubonic plague.

  3. More on Hawaii, Chickens Gone Wild


    On the island of Kauai, chickens have not just crossed the road.

    They are also crowing in parking lots, hanging out at beaches and flocking in forests.

    “They’re absolutely everywhere,” said Eben J. Gering, an evolutionary biologist at Michigan State University who has been studying these truly free-range birds. “They seem to be living a whole diversity of lifestyles, from eating garbage and cat food to being fed by tourists at the beach to foraging on native arthropods.”

    In a paper published last month in the journal Molecular Ecology, Dr. Gering and his colleagues tried to untangle the genetic history of the Kauai feral chickens, which turn out to be not only a curiosity for tourists, but also a window into how humans domesticated wild animals. The reservoir of genetic traits could also prove useful for breeders.

    Modern breeds of chickens are, by and large, bigger versions of the red junglefowl, a Southeast Asian cousin of pheasants that was domesticated more than 7,000 years ago. (There also appear to be some genes mixed in from the related gray junglefowl.)

    etc etc..

    But to my mind, the BIG question is, why are these (free) chickens not in a Sunday Dinner Pot?

  4. More on these "wild" chickens


    When chickens go wild

    The feral chickens of Kauai provide a unique opportunity to study what happens when domesticated animals escape and evolve.
    Ewen Callaway

    20 January 2016

    Opaekaa Falls, like much of Kauai, is teeming with feral chickens — free-ranging fowl related both to the domestic breeds that lay eggs or produce meat for supermarket shelves and to a more ancestral lineage imported to Hawaii hundreds of years ago.

    These modern hybrids inhabit almost every corner of the island, from rugged chasms to KFC car parks. They have clucked their way into local lore and culture and are both beloved and reviled by Kauai's human occupants. Biologists, however, see in the feral animals an improbable experiment in evolution: what happens when chickens go wild?

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