The Department of Environment and Natural Resources offers a free public service to remove infestations of feral birds, including feral chickens, pigeons, and crows.
How do I report a feral bird problem?
You can submit a request to have feral birds removed from your property. After receiving your request, a technical officer will come to your property to assess the nature of your infestation and determine the most efficient method(s) to address the problem.
Methods include a variety of traps, nets, licensed shooting, and sedative bait.
Why do feral birds need to be controlled?
In Bermuda, the once domestic chicken (Gallus domesticus) has now established an extensive breeding population in the wild. They are referred to as feral. Feral chickens cause destruction of habitat, damage crops and gardens. They are a source of noise nuisance and potential disease vectors impacting human health.
Other invasive bird species in Bermuda include feral pigeons (Columba livia) and the American crow (Corvus brachyrhychos). These invasive species compete with our native and endemic bird species and are also potential disease vectors.
Tips on keeping feral birds out of your yard
It may not always be possible for us to remove all the feral chickens, pigeons or crows in your area. However, here are some tips for how you can keep them from coming into your yard.
Use trash bins: Put your trash bags into bins with lids to prevent birds and other pests from getting into them.
Feed your pets inside: Do not leave bowls of cat or dog food laying around outside. This will attract feral birds and other pests into your yard.
Do not feed the birds: Providing a regular source of food will encourage pest bird species to return to your property.