FREE RANGING, A how do you gwet them into their pen BEFORE dusk?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 25bengood2me, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. 25bengood2me

    25bengood2me Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]:/My hen, a 6mnth black Australorp mix, and her 2yo Old English Game cock free range usually from 10 AM to dusk. BUT there are days when I want to get them put away before the sun starts setting. I don't want to be outside in the dark.
    Today is such a day. It's been raining all day, I'm slipping in the muck. How do you get 2 chickens under controll? They both run & turn opposite directions! I'm here alone, hubby is off accross the road, visiting his old pal & advisor. There was a coyote around the back here yesterday. I just want my chickens to go home![​IMG]
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:How about being sneaky with treats??? go in their pen and offer the treats in there to trap them?
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    When it's time to put mine in, I go get my cup of scratch. They know what they are getting before I even get to the shed. They follow my right back into their yard.
     
  4. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I trained my hens to come when I call them. They think they're getting a treat. If they at all hesitate I just grab a couple of slices of bread and coax them in.
     
  5. lovinlife

    lovinlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use scratch also. I've trained them to come to my call by only giving them scratch after I make the call. Now, when they see me, they come running whether I have scratch or not. If I want them in before dark, I just get some scratch and call them up.
     
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Hold a couple of long sticks in each hand to extend your arm length. Helps with herding.

    Imp
     
  7. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

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    If you leave them locked up the first couple of weeks, they will just go back at night. Mine do it alone every night.
     
  8. countrychickengirl

    countrychickengirl The Delaware Project

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    two words - herding stick
     
  9. Philbilly

    Philbilly New Egg

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    I cheat- I hoot like an owl. They book it for the coop every time!
     
  10. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Treats
    OR
    a net???
     

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