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How To Catch A Chicken

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A FISHING NET!

This works better than anything else.  You can even get them when they hide in the bushes!

Any other suggestions?

post #2 of 67

That's the best advice.  I have a smaller fishing net for chicks and very small chickens. 

I made and tried one of those poultry catching hooks.  They catch them by the leg and don't hurt them. 

But, I don't think I'd use it again unless I had a dire emergency.  The chicken was wild anyways and when I got it by the leg it absolutely FREAKED!!! 

Matt

post #3 of 67

Thats exactly what I use....works great...but hard to sneak up on them with a big old net. roll

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This reminds me.  When I first moved to Arkansas there were absolutely no jobs available, cept one.  Chicken catcher for the big poultry company.  I hear it pays very well.  Think about going into a house with 15,000+ chickens to catch.  I'm so glad a job became available before I got that desperate  th

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #5 of 67

I slowly walk up to them bend down and pick them up....lau

even easier.   D

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post #6 of 67

I was just talking to my dad the other day about catching chickens.  When my family had a chicken and egg business (before my time) they used the catch hooks to get them by the leg, he said once he got the technique down he got pretty good at it and had no problem catching them all day long. So far I have been able to just walk them into a corner of the run and scoop them up by hand, or they think they are safe if they go under the ramp to the coop, but I can  still get ahold of them easily that way. Hens seem much easier to get a hand on than roos though.

post #7 of 67

Mine know the net by now. They run before I get to them with the net. 99% success comes from throwing scratch in the run they go right in. It is simple to catch them in coop and run just corner them. Occasionally one refuses to go in even with scratch so I grab it after dark. I quit chasing chickens.

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Well, the whole net thing came up with us when after a big wind storm, the coop door had blown open and chickens were all over the yard.  The roo wouldn't let us get near the hens, so we netted him first.  Then we used scratch to lure the hens, and since they are banties, we could net two at a time lol

I'll never go back to the cardboard box technique we used to employ.

post #9 of 67

They use a fish net at the local fair to catch the escapee's.

Personally, I use grapes or sunflower seeds when I want to catch one of mine. They come running & I pick them up.

post #10 of 67

I have a long, skinny bamboo stick that I tap on something hard to get their attention and then tap it on the ground behind them and they get in a group and run for their pen.  My husband dies laughing everytime over it! I never have to touch them with it but they run striaght in their pen everytime.  I can gather all 12 in under 60 seconds with it, lol!!

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