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I live in Honolulu. My 4 legbar hens were getting into my neighbors' yards, so I clipped their wings (3 of them, the other one got away). This didn't stop them. They got over the fence by jumping on the compost bin and then onto the fence, so I enclosed their run (the three that I could catch). Now they're depressed, won't eat and have stopped laying. Their sister with the unclipped wings hangs around outside the run (I can't catch her), and they get more upset.

Should I be worried about them not eating? How to catch the other one?

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Does this one have your trust?  I would put out her favorite treats and try and grab her.  Or you could set up a trap...

 

 

I think the key to them eating is getting back the one.  Give them treats so at least they eat something.

Here are some websites I found that might help you catch her

http://www.wikihow.com/Catch-a-Chicken

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/33254/how-to-catch-a-chicken

 

Or you could try putting a roost outside for the one and then catch her on it.  Or you could make a makeshift enclosure that she can wander in and out of(like a box with a hole) to keep her safe until you can get her.  If you find her in it, drape a towel over the hole and bam! You caught your chicken.

The girls:

Easter Eggers-Coconut, Gold n' Plump, Stir Fry

Australorps-Curry, Minnie, Kung Poa, Blossom

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The girls:

Easter Eggers-Coconut, Gold n' Plump, Stir Fry

Australorps-Curry, Minnie, Kung Poa, Blossom

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Originally Posted by Bill Hanrahan View Post
 

I live in Honolulu. My 4 legbar hens were getting into my neighbors' yards, so I clipped their wings (3 of them, the other one got away). This didn't stop them. They got over the fence by jumping on the compost bin and then onto the fence, so I enclosed their run (the three that I could catch). Now they're depressed, won't eat and have stopped laying. Their sister with the unclipped wings hangs around outside the run (I can't catch her), and they get more upset.

Should I be worried about them not eating? How to catch the other one?

Welcome to BYC!

 

Where does the one roost at night? That's the easiest time to grab them.

They'll eat when they get hungry enough....they are stressed now because of the change, but they'll get over it.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Thanks, I did get a hold of the fourth one. I just took the top off the run and she flew in. The four are back together and eating if not laying. We'll see.

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