I can’t help but think that Jersey is missing a trick here. All that’s necessary is to import a few foodies to the island and the problem will be solved in short order:
A row has broken out on the largest of the Channel Islands after a cull of 65 chickens was ordered by the government after years of complaints.
It is believed that they were once pets but were dumped in the wild after becoming too unruly and went on to form gangs up to 100 strong, there being no foxes on the island to reduce their number.
Some islanders have been complaining to the authorities for years that the birds have been tormenting them by crowing in the middle of the night and chasing joggers off “their” territory. They are said to have wrecked gardens and are a danger to traffic when they cross the roads.
We know how to solve these sorts of problems. If the wildlife is getting out of order because of the absence of predators the answer is to import predators to deal with them.
And what would be the correct predator for feral chickens? Foodies of course. Those who rhapsodise about the better flavour of outdoor reared, properly free range, food. And there’s no more free range chicken than a feral one now, is there?
So, hang around Borough Market for a bit, capture a few of the more exotic exemplars and set them free on the island with some stout string to lasso the birds and if we’re feeling generous, a bit of flint and some tinder to set up a cook fire or two.
Now, there is that further problem of course, introduced predators can get out of hand. Australia found that out when they brought the rabbits in to hack away at those feral grasses. Cane toads were meant to eat something or other too. So, we do have to think about the end game, what to do when the feral chickens are hunted out as we desire they will be. But that’s easy enough, we then just cull the now unnecessary predators. After all, some London foodie’s not going to be that difficult to spot and trap and no one at all is going to worry about their fate now, are they?