Lefty Native...and Oz..... I live in NW GA about 60 miles from gainsville ga. When I was in high school I caught chickens 2-3 nights a week. The job started around midnight and we usually finished about 5-5:30 AM with $16-18 dollars in our pocket. That was a fortune to myself and the other boys in the mid 1950's. We considered ourselves VERY fortunate to have the job. I Had to hurry home and deliver my newspapers (I also had a paper route) and get a bath (no shower in those days) or jump into the creek in warm weather along the way during the summer.
Also there was a service station on my paper route with a water hose at the back and sometimes that rinse off was all the bath I had before going to school. Obviously we were up all night unless we caught a nap before midnight, which most of the time I didn't. I had a part time job after school at the bowling alley where I set up pins (manually) from 4 PM till 11PM. Also on "off nights" I hauled a little moonshine out of the Georgia mountains...40 gallons at a time and got paid $40. Could only do that while I was 16 years old and after I got my drivers license but before I turned 17...those were the moonshiner's rules...he wouldn't let us run after we turned 17...we couldn't be charged as adults at 16 which guaranteed no jail time if we were ever caught...He had scruples :} I never came close to being caught.
But I have very fond memories of those days. The 18 wheeler arrived loaded with empty wooden chicken coops and we unloaded them from the truck first and then started catching chickens. We caught 9 chickens per trip into the house (5 in one hand, 4 in the other) and cooped them 18 chickens per coop and the loaders loaded the full coops onto the truck. It was GRUELING WORK...!!!! We never even thought of dust mask and it took 12-18 hours to stop spitting/blowing/snorting up the dust crud...ha! We didn't take a break at all once we started.
I was about 14-16 years old and learned some very valuable life lessons while catching chickens and they have served me well throughout my life. I learned to never work by the hour if I could help it...productivity was the name of the game...! And I also learned I didn't want to spend my life WORKING THAT HARD....!!!! :)