History of Poultry in Hawaii


The early establishment of poultry in Hawai'i is not well documented, but apparently chickens or jungle fowl were introduced by the early Polynesian settlers. Capt. James Cook found poultry on Kauai during his visit in 1778. Later written records indicate that about the middle 1800s native stocks of poultry were improved through the introduction of breeds from China: Frizzles, Cochin, Chinas, Shanghais, and Spanish. More systematic introduction of poultry breeds began about 1900, and by 1905 most of the popular breeds had been introduced. The poultry industry had its true beginning in 1903 on Oahu, when one operation was started with more than 1000 imported layers.

Poultry information by Tokushi Tanaka

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