Nearly 30,000 Feral Chickens “Removed”

December 11, 2015

The Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment said it “would like to remind the public of its feral bird culling programme, which is very active and successfully reducing the feral chicken population to protect public health.

“In October over 500 feral chickens were taken, and overall nearly 30,000 have been removed since the program began in 2012. The programme also targets feral pigeons and crows, and prioritizes tackling reported problems on farms, schools, hospitals, restaurants and senior facilities.

“For more information or to report a feral bird problem, visit the Conservation Services web site at or telephone 293-2727 during normal working hours.”

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  1. Micro says:

    Pigeons along the railway trail between Crawl Hill and Coney Island could use dealing with.

    • Terry says:

      Stop feeding them.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      Blame the feline people for that crap…feeding feral cats is wrong (unless you feed them at YOUR house)they’re upsetting the balance of nature…you know how the story goes the Food chain…I won’t be more graphic than that.

      I had 2 feral cats hanging around, I never fed them and I never saw any rats or mice except when they left half of them in the yard…After a few months they’re still hanging out like they lived here…long story short…I fell for their cute looks and started to feed them …sure enough mice were back…If you feed me why should I inherently hunt..?

      • Common Sense says:

        On the issue of feral cats, just a few years ago, and it probably goes on today, there was a feeding programme for feral cats next to Bulls Head Car Park in the early evenings, and within minutes there were dozens of large rats feeding on the cat food. You could see these rats every day soon after the cats were fed. I never saw a feral cat attacking any of these rats. As far as I’m concerned the feeding programme was totally ineffectual for feral cats, but a real treat for those rats. I think it’s called the law of unintended consequences!

      • Izzypop says:

        If irresponsible people would stop dumping their cats and chickens you wouldn’t have an issue. In my house alone in 2 yrs we have killed 250 chickens and they still keep coming.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Pigeons nesting on the outside of Morgans Island, Sandys have evicted all of the longtails.

    • Yes says:

      “Pigeons along the railway trail between Crawl Hill and Coney Island could use dealing with.”

      Tell them, not us.
      These guys do a great job, but they need help from the public in the form of information on where to go looking for pests, and there are other ways you can help.

      Tell us and it sounds like griping. Tell them and you are taking action.

  2. Terry says:

    Now that’s great.
    Feral chickens.

    Maybe they could do same with MP’s.

  3. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    3000 chickens..? Ok so where and when is the free bbq feeding the homeless and hungry…I’m sure with the bbq there is also chicken soup…hell yeah let’s start early because we also gotta use the eggs up too…breakfast and dinner for the downtrodden.

    Do ur research …unless these chickens were caught picking around Chernobyl…feral chickens are natural organic chicken free of the pharmaceuticals which is what makes YOU sick…these chickens are the ones you buy as organic chicken at a very steep price at the market…If you think chickens eat disease causing swill…then you’ve never owned or cared for animals…but if we ate them instead of buying foreign chicken. ..Someone along the line will take a huge loss…and that’s not what they want.

    • Quinton Berkley Butterfield says:

      So the Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment is in cahoots with Marketplace to get you to buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts?

      • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

        Did I say “in cahoots with MarketPlace”..??
        Comprehension is not one of your strengths is it.
        You sound like one of mike hinds students.

    • jahmani says:

      Bermuda feral chickens taste like church worms , true story .

      • Izzypop says:

        A ferral chicken tastes different cause it it’s from the ground. Store bought chicken is filled with poison. A week old chicken is full grown and ready to eat on your table in six weeks .. This is a fact as I know someone who raises chickens for tyson

      • Sara Sargasso says:

        What in the heck is a church worm?? Never heard of that.

    • Education, education, education says:

      I bet it costs more to cull these “free” chickens than it does to import the ones in the store. Add in the cost of preparing them for public consumption.

      You could go out and do what you suggested, but that would take a lot more effort than your mini online rant.

      • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

        Your name, to me,really tells me all…so you’re educated…so really you you are just a programmed conformist no doubt…obviously you are because your knowledge is limited to what you were TAUGHT and nothing more.

        I don’t think you’ve ever been hungry either…and it seems that you aren’t much of a humanitarian anyway because you’ve mentioned “costs” which doesn’t concern people as a community coming together for the good of those in dire need…Ask the ones eating out of trash cans daily…If you can see that far down your nose.

    • Yamon says:

      So you recommend eating uncontrolled feral chickens that eat god knows what on this island? YOU need the education!

    • Colonel Sanders says:

      Is there actually something wrong with eating Radioactive chicken, the Human Race is trying to evolve. so we can fry up some Chernobyl Chicken, and we would all be helping the cause. Don’t you think its about time humans had Wings, now sure they’ll come from a flightless bird but its a step in the right direction, a flap if you will. The task force also tackles crows and pigeons, we can get crows and pigeons from Chernobyl to. Look at the Bigger picture. Instead of preaching that the chickens are safe to eat, Join me in relocating our feral feathered friends to their North Ukrainian Haven. When they’re ready we’ll bring them back and we can do all of those Nourishing Activities that you demand. I don’t normally talk business on oven an unprotected internet server like this but the people should know. I want you to join me. Please get on board with opening yet another restaurant, the next big thing a real culinary experience.

  4. Tolerate says:

    Cats next.

    • Rita Realistic says:

      You next !

      • Sara Sargasso says:

        I agree with Tolerate, feral cats next. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE cats, and have 2 but the ferals are putting things way out of balance here.

  5. YuhSeerious says:

    Go ahead and keep encouraging people to kill of the wild animals. Going to end up killing them all off and then what? Who the hell commands people to kill pigeons anyway?

  6. Bajan says:

    One of the dirtiest animals out there is a pig and most of us eat pork. Including the lovely ham in a few weeks.
    Those organic chicken eat most things that you see the people on survival TV eating and are still alive. Please market them like we do with the lion fish.

  7. Suck on stupid says:

    I wonder how much this cost the tax payers. 30000 over a 3 year period only works out to be about 28 chickens per day. Do the math people before handing out praises for the things that us the people pay for!

  8. me says:

    what about the sparrows they need a dealing with too

  9. While we're at it.. says:

    I want something done with that pesky heron that hangs out around Ice Queen