Originally Posted by chickengeorgeto
The smart way to catch him is to let him go where he so desperately wants to be, and that is with the women folk. Just close him up then once he goes to sleep among his new harem then quietly and gently pick him up from the roost.
Roosters after all are just men chickens and as my old daddy said, "Son, if you want to catch a man, bait yo hook with a woman."
Just to give everyone that offered advice an update - as it turned out there were two roosters. We had a monster thunderstorm roll through here last Tuesday, and the larger of the two never showed up again. He may have gotten pegged by hail, I really don't know.
The other one got a couple more complementary rides home (after my wife urged me to be more patient). He was easy to catch once I let him into the coop. He started humping one of my hens within about 10 seconds and I just picked him right up off of her back. This weekend I found out how he wasn't starving to death while marching a rut in the ground around my coop - he found a way into my workshop and was hopping up into the container where I keep the scratch grains I occasionally throw to my girls. It was about 3/4 gone. Then I found that he had scratched about 1/3 of the soil out of a half whiskey barrel pot where I planted one of my expensive new rose trees. I felt that I gave him and the neighbors plenty of chances, but once he actually cost me money it was time to go. The last thing he cost me was a 10 cent .22 bullet.