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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sc anderson, Dec 1, 2009.
what is the best way to catch loose running chickens.
with a small pen and food
what i mean is it doesn't have to be an actual pen......just use about 20 feet of 2X4 wire and make a circle.....throw in some food and close it off. Then go in with a net. Might need a deer net covering and more space if you talking about a lot of birds.
Easiest with 2 people....
Corner them, they are easily herded into corner of a barn, back into coop, into a kennel etc... If they are too skittish, wait for them to roost, once they settle in, usually wont take off.
This might look funny as hell when I do it but when one of my chooks get out or when I'm trying to catch them in the yard I will try to herd them into a corner while holding my arms wide out. This seems to confuse them into thinking that you are huge and makes it easier to catch them. Corners are you're best friend without using any other tools. If that doesn't work I go to the scratch. I throw scratch wherever I want my chooks. Bribery works wonders.
How food oriented are they? If mine see the feeder, they'll come running and start filling their silly little faces. Then it's just a matter of bend and grab.
At night when they are asleep. REally truly (Unless they are, at that time, 30 feet up in a tree, in which case tough luck)
Good luck, have fun,