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post #11 of 17

I'm more interested in HOW to move them. I've never tried to 'catch' them. should I build a live trap and feed them into it?

 

I love my chickens but I don't touch them ...

post #12 of 17
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Easiest way to catch and move a chicken is at night when they are roosting. Just walk up with a very dim light and just grab them with your hands over the wings with the head away from you if you can. They may make some noise but just hold firmly. Then just take them to where you want them and let go.

post #13 of 17

Thanks ... I may be able to work up the courage to do that ... but I'm not crazy about it ... the rooster has flogged me a little already ...

post #14 of 17
If your rooster has flogged you then he doesn't deserve to move with you.

For now, just go in the coop after they have settled down for the night and stroke their back. They'll squawk and complain but they won't leave. Just a few seconds then move on. Build on it .
post #15 of 17

I also don't handle my birds as a rule. If I need to move them I do it at night. Just grasp them around the wings so they can't flap too much and tuck them under your arm. If they get too flappy and you can't get a good grip, it's okay to hold them by the feet and carry them upside down briefly. 

 

I agree if your rooster has flogged you and you're scared to handle him, he needs to go. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Utard View Post
 

Easiest way to catch and move a chicken is at night when they are roosting. Just walk up with a very dim light and just grab them with your hands over the wings with the head away from you if you can. They may make some noise but just hold firmly. Then just take them to where you want them and let go.

How I move/handle them too.

 

So how did the move go..... about a year ago now?

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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post #17 of 17
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It went great and better than I thought it would.

 

I had the two big boxes with holes in them. I put a little pine shavings in them. I really think they would have been fine stuffed in one box? 

The hard part was catching them. Back then I didn't know about getting them in the dark so i spent a half an hour chasing chickens around.

 

It was about a 7 hour drive. I didn't have any food or water in the boxes and they were absolutely fine. 

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