Catching chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jwebb78, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. jwebb78

    jwebb78 Hatching

    Mar 23, 2009
    I can't get them with a net because they are too fast and they fly away. I can't get them with the leg hook. I can't get them when they roost because they are 20+ feet up in the trees. I don't understand why they used to sleep in the coop but now they don't want to. Every night they fly super high in the trees to sleep. Any ideas? Will they lay in the coop when they start to lay or will I be going on egg hunts?

  2. SarahFair

    SarahFair Songster

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    Once you get ahold you could try clipping their wings!
  3. inurb

    inurb Hatching

    Apr 21, 2009
    SE PA
    where do you keep their food and water? Someone mentioned earlier to keep it inside their coop so they know to come back home to eat.
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    get you some little boys...give them large amounts of coke and candy bars...once you have them hooked and on a sugar high...release them on the birds. One tow things happens...they catch the birds or the birds will become so tired you can catch matter what it is a hoot to watch and eventually you get your birds caught
  5. jwebb78

    jwebb78 Hatching

    Mar 23, 2009
    The coop is supported about 4' above the ground on posts and I keep the food and water under the coop. They used to go in but now they just roost in the trees above the coop.
    Is clipping the wings hard? I know you can only clip so far down but what do you use scissors?

  6. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    I would certainly clip at least one wing once you go get them and then keep them confined in the coop for a couple weeks. They sound ornery!
  7. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    here is what you are letting your self in for
    clipping the wings makes them prey to animals trying to catch them

    also did you not go to supply place and get a 4 ft long chicken csatcher
    try this


    Search resultsSmith Poultry & Game Bird Supply
    ... owned business that offers poultry and game bird books, supplies, vitamins and medication. Located ... Smith Poultry and Game Bird Supply offers for sell many - 167k - Cached
    Smith Poultry & Game Bird Supply

    14000 W. 215th St., Bucyrus, KS 66013-9519

    Ph. 913-879-2587 Fax. 913-533-2497

    they will ship one to you
    very handy as the bent loop goes around the chickens leg it is basically a long piece of hard wire with loop and handle very safe to catch birds with
    we a;ways had a half dozen so we could catch the birds

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