I do it when I'm trying to catch a particularly skittish bird. My tamer ones I can just pick up comfortably, but some quickly catching a foot or leg is easiest. Once caught, I then cradle them snug against my body so their wings aren't flapping everywhere. (And they do seem a bit more comfortable that way.)
If a rooster is being aggressive does holding them upside down help. Some say to grab them, hold their wings and hold them to the ground until they settle down/relax. Holding them upside down would seem to be a way to assert a hierarchy as well. Does anyone do this?
I personally do not pick my chickens up that way. But I'm not against it I know and I have seen tons and tons of people pick them up by their feet. My boyfriend actually does it. I feel like I have more control over them if I pick them up by their body so they can't flap their wings
YES!!!!! Grabbing a mean roo and holding him upside down by his feet does work, and I've done it! Be careful though, there's spurs down there...
I do not normally hold them like this, as they are all tame and I just pick them up. But, when treating for mites it gets their feathers to go backward, and when putting an aggressive roo in his place, it's awesome!
It doesn't hurt them and they get over it quickly :-D
Sometimes... If I have a roo acting up I will grab him and hold him by the legs while the my daughters collect the eggs, if nothing else it removes his antics from the coop during egg collection, but generally it also seems to put them back in their place as I rarely have to do it again for a few weeks after that...