catching free range birds

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KyleD., Feb 15, 2009.

  1. KyleD.

    KyleD. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 5 game hens loose well they have been for 4 days. i bought them from a guy who let them free range...easy way of catching them?
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Wait till they roost at night.
    Imp
     
  3. KyleD.

    KyleD. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they roost the highest i've ever seen a bird roost. they go from limb to limb about 30 feet up no joke.
     
  4. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    I have an old fish net that stands 6 feet and around 16 inches diameter and around 16 inches deep. It works great if you can get them cornered or against a fence so you just have to go left or right!
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    KyleD. :

    they roost the highest i've ever seen a bird roost. they go from limb to limb about 30 feet up no joke.

    Someone on here said to knock them off high limbs with a pole. I'm not so sure about that. Cornering them does work. I find I just have to be fearless and grab quickly. Can you feed them in the coop or run then shut the door?
    Imp​
     
  6. KyleD.

    KyleD. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they refuse to get anywhere near the coop or me. i take a step towards them and they run.
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    KyleD. :

    they refuse to get anywhere near the coop or me. i take a step towards them and they run.

    Sounds like you got a job ahead of you. Don't know what else to suggest except a 30' extension ladder and a sack. Can you climb the tree? Get others to help? Maybe if you tag team them you can wear them out.
    Good Luck,
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  8. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Feed them corn in a dog crate for a few days, when they get used to eating there, you can catch them in the dog crate.
     
  9. Bluedog420

    Bluedog420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    clip their wing's when you DO catch them...lol [​IMG]
     
  10. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    My husband trained our hens to come to the sound of him tapping on a plastic carton. Started with tapping on the carton then dispensing mealworms from inside it. Do that a couple times and they will come running. i've never known a chicken to not come running if they think they will be getting some yummy worms.
     

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