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Easiest way to catch a chicken

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We let our 3 hens roam during the day in our yard. We have plenty of large bushes and evergreens. Two of  our hens are very easy to catch they simple squat down and let us pick them up, but one hen goes baserk. She runs all around darting between trees. I want to be able to catch here like the other chickens. Any tips?

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Treats!

 

I trained mine with mealworms (or black soldier fly larvae) and raisins.  Each night when it's time to go in, they see the treat can (old planters peanuts can)...and I don't even need to shake it.  They see me pick it up and come running from all over the yard.  They run in the coop, turn around, and wait for me to throw them a handful.

 

The other benefit of training them to do this is that if I have them out free ranging (supervised!) and something comes up to where I can't watch them, I can very quickly get them all back in the coop.

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Leg hook.... Long bit of wire with hook bent in end to snag the chook.

Or the art of chicken stalking, dont look at them, move to the side rather than at them. Call them like a rooster, pluck bits of grass and stuff and chuck it around... Then swipe a leg, secure them, then speak calmly to relax them
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Snowy, Trixy, Mavis, Charlotte, Esme, Wilma, Bella, Norma, Dusty
Barney, Rose, Violet, Wendy (broody moved area)
Rocky, Rambo, Blacky, Rocky II, Stripey
Slash Dot + 64 friends and done until March
Molly.... Abonded chicks..mmm + Bluey (broody moved area) and growing Pullets
Cock, sparrow proof area operational
RIP Dot, Lola, Goliath, Dotty
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post #4 of 4

Chickens are prey animals, and for the most part catching them is stressful. Sometimes you have to, a large fish net has worked well for me. However, a sorting stick, some treats, and routine is a better way to round them up, than catching them each time.

 

Mrs K

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