Catching escaped peacocks!

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by SuperPeacockman, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. SuperPeacockman

    SuperPeacockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This Saturday we had a bit of a jailbreak, all 21 of our yearlings got out! I was horrified when I heard this but all but two had been recaptured by my dad and his employees by the time I got there. We got one of those two the next day but the male flew off. Now we got information about where he is but there are no pens to herd him into nearby. Any tips on catching him? We figured we would go back at dusk when he can't see as well.
     
  2. SuperPeacockman

    SuperPeacockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also sorry for springing this on you all after being away for so long, I'm back!
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    LL 21 GOT OUT !!!!!!?????????????????? :th

    I have NO idea what to tell you. I can only wish you good luck.! :fl

    And welcome back! :D
     
  4. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Stay calm and move very slow, never ever chase them , you head them off and that sends them in the direction you want them to go, , as long as they are not spooked by folks they should go back into their pen, but if you get them riled up you could loose some of them .

    Are you in an open area all to yourself or in a neighborhood?
     
  5. SuperPeacockman

    SuperPeacockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're in a neighborhood, he's in a tree by someone's house around a quarter mile from the pen or so
     
  6. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    If you have a portable dog pen like kennel pannels you could set up a feed station in there for it and wait till it goes in to eat.
     
  7. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    When my peahen was free-ranging and ran away we caught her with a big net, although we got lucky...We brought a dog box to put her in. What happened was she was sun bathing in someone's backyard so we walked up to her and tried to net her. It took a few tries to catch her and she flew around a bit before we caught her. She did fly up in a tree but she was in a low branch so we scared her out. On the bright side you have 20 of 21 back in the pen. That is amazing!
     
  8. SuperPeacockman

    SuperPeacockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay so we got him yesterday! We cornered him by a big glass door he thought he could get through and used a crab net and an old blanket to catch and cover him. Then it was just a short truck ride back. That net has been a lifesaver so many times, its so useful for catching escaped birds!
     
  9. PeaDaddy

    PeaDaddy Out Of The Brooder

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    If you know how to "move" horses, the same thing applies with any animal. You "push" them very gentle using body energy and VERY small hand movements. I will, with my hands near my sides, "point" where I want them to go, until I can get to a place where I can grab them. It will look like a zig zag as you follow them, pointing left and right to keep them in the center of your body. You may need to move in front of them or behind them if they get too far ahead or behind. I've moved a flock of Guineas across 4 acres doing it. I've moved the 4 peas around the house as babies. They "get it" now, and will just stop when I start moving them, and I need to push them a little bit to get the group moving.
     
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  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Good job!
     

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