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Hawaii’s Regulations on Keeping Chickens

By Tom Seest

Are Backyard Chickens Legal In Hawaii?

Are Backyard Chickens Legal In Hawaii?

What Are the Benefits of Keeping Chickens?

If you’re looking for a way to raise backyard chickens in Hawaii, look no further than Hale Malu Farms. Hale Malu Farms is an organic feed co-op with over 180 breeds of chickens for sale. The farm’s founders are passionate about raising healthy food for their families, and they want to share that passion with you.
The farm is operated by Michael Acasio and is similar to Korean Natural Farming, which uses pigs to feed its chickens. It also uses microorganisms to improve the soil and reduce odors. However, the DOA is limiting Acasio’s use of DOA land. While it may be difficult for him to lease DOA land, he believes he could provide food for a larger poultry industry in Hawaii. Hawaii imports 85% of its food, which impacts the environment.

What Are the Benefits of Keeping Chickens?

What Are the Benefits of Keeping Chickens?

What Makes Hawaii the Perfect Place for Backyard Chickens?

Backyard chickens are a popular way to get healthy, free-range eggs. In Hawaii, chickens are plentiful – particularly in the quaint towns of Lumahai, Hawaii, and Foodland, Kauai. According to local legend, chickens on Kauai originated after two devastating hurricanes devastated coops for domestic chickens. In the aftermath of the storms, domesticated chickens were mated with wild red junglefowl and brought to the island by Polynesians.

What Makes Hawaii the Perfect Place for Backyard Chickens?

What Makes Hawaii the Perfect Place for Backyard Chickens?

What makes Donnie Alverson’s backyard chicken setup unique?

Donnie Alverson is a wildlife researcher who is working to protect Hawaii’s endemic bird species. He began selling rare breed chickens three years ago, and now offers heritage and pure breed chickens. He loves sharing his passion for raising healthy, tasty food with his customers.

What makes Donnie Alverson's backyard chicken setup unique?

What makes Donnie Alverson’s backyard chicken setup unique?

This book is a history of backyard chickens in Hawaii, which was popularized during WWII because of a shortage of eggs and meat. It covers everything from starting a small flock to feeding, culling, and housing your chickens. There’s even a brief pop quiz. This book is meant to inspire you to start a backyard flock of your own.
In 1947, Charles M. Bice published a book called Poultry Production in Hawaii. In his book, he describes how to feed backyard chickens with ingredients that were easily accessible in Hawaii. He suggested Koa haole seed meal and other local ingredients like Honohono grass and sweet potato leaves.

Why Are Backyard Chickens in Hawaii So Popular?

Why Are Backyard Chickens in Hawaii So Popular?

Be sure to read our other related stories at BackyardChickenNews to learn more about raising chickens in your backyard.

 


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