As a beginner, I recently purchased 9 buff orphingtons and a huge dominique rooster from someone who was giving up their chickens to do other things. I've been very pleased at how calm and happy they all seem to be, and the rooster watches over them as if they were each very special. I just tried to check one of them for mites by isolating her in the coop but she started screeming and the rooster (outside) became very protective, trying to get into the coop. My question: How do others on this discussion board catch their chickens, and rooster if necessary, in order to inspect them for mites? I have tried to quietly move in and coax them into allowing me to handle them but it doesn't work. Should I simply go out there, throw a net over each one and inspect them as needed regardless of how much they scream or is there a less stressful way (for me and the chickens) to catch and manage a chicken when you need to check them for mites or other problems? Like many on this website, I want them to enjoy having me around, and not be in alarm mode every time I walk out to their pen. I really felt bad after getting them so upset, but I don't know of other options when it comes to catching a chicken.