*Update* Kauai Resident Selling Rooster Traps Online

If you have ever been to Kauai, you know that there are chickens and roosters everywhere and they can become quite a nuisance.  Here on the Big Island, many people also complain about them.

After constantly trying to get the County of Kauai to assist them with the chicken and rooster problem in their neck of the woods, Kauai residents Branden and Natasha Shumate devised a plan to take care of the problem themselves.

www.RoosterTraps.com, started in August 2008, is one of many growing small businesses ran by Natasha & Branden Shumate, from Kauai. This particular business is beginning to benefit the island.”

After experimenting with different trap designs and sizes, the Shumates found that a 36″X30″X30″ trap was the perfect size to do the trick!  Their product has been a hit with residents and business owners in Hawaii.  “Customers are reporting with great feedback and they have been catching droves of chickens and roosters!” Said Shumate

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The price for one of these traps is $159.00 and when I asked the Shumates what the price for shipping to the Big Island was, they said that think it’s about $35.00, however it is free shipping on Kauai.

You folks are probably thinking… Ok Damon… How much you getting paid for this blog… Truth be known… nothing… I just hate these damn birds and I hope my neighbors might see this.

Mr. Shumate did offer to link my blog to his online site, however, I told him he could just send me some “Smoked Chicken”.

You can check out the site at RoosterTrap.com and the contact information is there as well.

I’m amazed they don’t have a link to KFC on their site somewhere.

P.S. They did mention that the Humane Society on Kauai accepts the chickens for $5.00 a “head” and that the Humane Society Euthanizes them in a “humane” manner…  I prefer my smoked chicken with the head chopped off though.

*UPDATE*

The Shumates notified me that they are offering a 50% off shipping of the traps to all Big Island residents who mention my blog to them when ordering.  I guess you would have to order through the phone to get that discount though.

4 Responses

  1. Feral chicken cooking tips; skin the bird after removing head and feet.
    Disembowel of course, the messiest part.
    Clean really well, maybe even rinse with a little peroxide.
    Soak overnight, refrigerated, in a brine with shredded green papaya (organic of course).
    Drain Brine and boil/simmer bird covered in fresh brine or
    bake in a covered pan with a little water and/or other liquid (beer/salt works well). Add liquid as needed.
    Cook very well with medium-low heat until bird comes apart easily.
    Even roosters come out tender. Wild and yummy.
    Makes good pet food too, add brown rice and veggies to the last 30/40 minutes of cooking, remove bones when cool, then mix up all ingredients.

  2. These traps are great for catching one or a few chickens at a time, especially if you disguise it. However it has a disadvantage of only catching however many chickens happen to be in there when they trip the trigger. Usually just one. The other chickens see their friend panicked inside and learn that the trap is dangerous, requiring you to disguise the trap even better.

    This is a common occurrence in trapping. A better way to do it would be to make a very large trap that can catch several chickens at once. You feed the chickens for several days in the same spot until you have them habituated and then you drop the trap door manually yourself when you know that as many chickens as possible are inside. THAT is how you make a dent in the chicken pop.

    And what do you do with them? They are fine to eat in soups. Just boil them for a few hours. Wild chicken sausage is also very good. Note that would chickens have much more flavor than domestic chickens but tend to be older and tougher, making them prone to drying out during cooking. Keep them moist and cook for a long time and they are delicious. They are a little tricky to cook if you are new, and certainly are not as tender as young domestic farm chickens.

  3. When I lived on the North Shore of Kauai, I used to have this agent who worked for me that lived in Princeville. One day he was telling everyone how he & his friends were passing a rooster trap around their upscale neighborhood. I asked him what he did with the roosters once they were caught, and he said “we take them out to the end of the road and turn ’em loose!”

    Well, he didn’t know that I lived in Haena at “the end of the road”, so I asked him if I could borrow the trap. A couple of days later I returned it to him, and he asked if I got any roosters. I said sure, and then he asked what I did with them. I told him that me & my friends, “at the end of the road”, decided that we should start returning the Princeville roosters back to where they came from. I let him know that he may start to hear a lot more roosters pretty soon.

    A few days after that he came up to me and let me know that he & his friends had decided not to bus their chickens to our neck of the woods anymore…

    It was always bad over there, but Iniki just blew those things all over the place..

  4. Hey Damon, you could buy one of the traps and then rent it out as a small business… like $5 a day or something. Or you could build your own traps. But if you do, I will be your first customer. I hate the feral buggahs too. You can kill and pluck the animals and have free chicken dinners. ;-)

    Love, Mom

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