Maui offered the chance to see a great many more chickens wandering around than I was was used to since my hippie parents stopped trying subsistence agriculture when I was a child. Once setting down in Kauai, the chicken issue grew exponentially. The buggers are literally everywhere. You’d think that you were in some kind of strange third world bazaar haggling one the price of a mule and tall sailing vessel, when in reality you’re just driving along the highway, trying not to hit one of the damned birds.
As I saw flock upon flock of chickens bopping around, pecking the ground, I was curious if these guys were the equivalent of Hindu cows, or if they ever just “disappeared”. I mean, there’s a great deal of free food wandering around the island, so do people take advantage of it?
Of course, this problem also brings up the fact as to who actually owns these chickens? Sure, if they’re near a house, then they are probably belonging to the folks there, but what about the ones that are in the national parks or kickin’ it by the airport?
I suppose this ultimately isn’t our problem as I’m not here long enough to deal with it and we really don’t have the ability to cook a chicken in our “shitchen” where we’re staying that can hardly even boil water. Just keep in mind that if you’re wandering around Kauai, there are no snakes on the island and all that shuffling in the bushes is a hen and chicks scratching up lunch.