Culling tips....

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by PhoenixAngel429, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. PhoenixAngel429

    PhoenixAngel429 Chirping

    Mar 24, 2011
    East KY
    We free range our chickens, and we have to cull out some of the young roosters, as we have too many. Any tips on catching them? I really don't feel like waiting until they roost and climbing that tree they roost in. [​IMG]

  2. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    We use a long, stiff piece of wire bent into a Sheperd's hook. You come up behind them and hook a leg. Drag them backwards toward you until you can grab both legs with your free hand.

    Like this commercial version, but we use whatever we have laying around:

  3. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Songster

    Nov 18, 2010
    tioga tx
    run fast and grab faster?
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Put some scratch grain in a cage or pen, when they go in to eat close the door. My birds are accustomed to come when they hear me rattle some scratch in a metal can, so it's easy to summon them. It doesn't take long for them to learn to come to that sound.

    It's a whole lot easier to have your candidates caged before you process, rather than chasing them all over the yard on their last day. I have mine confined by late afternoon the day before, with only water to drink but no food, not even grass they can grab through the cage. This way their crops & intestines are less full when they're eviscerated.
  5. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Songster

    May 27, 2010
    Northeast Nebraska
    Quote:I use the hook sometimes, but you have to get the hook above the knee. The chickens will hop over it. The easiest thing I have found to use is a large telescoping fishing net. Once you get the net over the bird, keep the net on the ground and either pull the net back to you or go to the neting and capture your bird there.

  6. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Songster

    The fish net or minnow nets are alot easier for us than the hook....
  7. darkmatter

    darkmatter Songster

    Jul 10, 2009
    I made my own hook:

    Toss out some scratch and sneak up behind them.

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