getting frustrated with my rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kuntry Klucker, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    i only have one chicken right now a rooster. He is not roosting in the chicken coops that we made for him.
    I am trying to catch him and cannot. I tried for about a good 30 minutes to catch him but he is a fast
    little guy. By trying and failing have I given up my alpha roo position with him that I am trying to
    establish? any idea on how to catch a chicken? [​IMG]
  2. HeatherLynn

    HeatherLynn Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Kentucky, Cecilia
    My husband and I caught ours simply by walking with a wide stretch of chicken wire between us till we had the little bugger pinned. You would think after the first dozen times he would have a clue but thats not happened.
  3. Ohhhhh k.... Well may I ask why you only have 1 chicken and why a rooster? If your having trouble catching him.... does that mean that he is free range (not in a pen)? Chciken's respond much better to bribe's not force. Try placing yummy treats in the area you want him to go to. As far as the whole Alpha position... Chicken's are NOT dog's. You can not apply dog training techniques to chicken's. That being said .... Rooster's are also in a class all their own. From what Iv gleaned here and there (because I am not interested in rooster's much if at all) it's a hit or miss situation. Either you get lucky and have a gentile kind tolerant rooster that does not attack or you don't and he is aggressive. I have heard of some rather ...different ideas about correcting the bad behavior but honestly I'm not to sure that works either so I won't suggest it.
  4. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    yeah, I think I need to explaine more. We have one rooster because he was given to me by our neighbor because he was
    roaming their yard and needed a home. We are in the process of finishing up our chicken coops just have to finish
    the pen. Anyway, he is roosting under the big tree in our yard, I want to catch him and put him in the coop so he
    knows that is where he needs to sleep. He is a free ranger right now, till we get the pen done then we will get
    some hens for him. But trying to catch him is a job, he runs from me anyway, then when I try to catch him
    he really runs from me. At night he is roosting in a corner of the yard under a big tree, a rather tight spot to get into.
    so i am trying to catch him during the day if i can.
  5. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    Long handled salmon net, works every time
  6. Jess N Jeff

    Jess N Jeff Songster

    Oct 25, 2009
    South San Diego, Cali
    You may want to keep this in mind...
    If he is used to being "free", then he may not take well to being put in a coop. If you do catch him and put him in the coop, he may let you know how unhappy he is by being VERY noisy for a VERY long time. Good luck.
  7. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    So, is it better to not put him in the coop and the pinned in chicken run at all.
    Will he teach the hens not to use the coop as well, or will the hens use it
    anyway because they want a dark quiet place to lay their eggs.
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:No, for his own safety he's better off in the coop. He won't like it at first, but he'll get over it. Chickens adapt to changes, even if they put up a big fuss about them at first.
  9. Ohhhhhh.... lol! I had this image of a guy chasing his pet roo down lol. That makes MUCH more sense. I have an old pond net that is really more like fabric with holes in it that if we HAVE to use is available. Id think since he is roosting in a corner, well with my limited experience I find that it is one thousand times easier to catch a sleepy chicken. I go out after dusk or toward's the end of dusk and what ever straggler's I have trying to roost in the pen or whatnot are so docile and easy to simply pick up and place in the coop. If it's hard to catch him and he's cornered where he roost's wait till almost dark and wiggle yourself into the corner and grab him. I'm sure that once he is acclimated to his new home (with the help of treats) he will be MUCH safer and very happy to share his home with his soon to be new ladies!

  10. Mother of All

    Mother of All Songster

    May 3, 2010
    My idea would be to catch him at night and put him into the coop. I would leave him in the coop for a few days so he can get use to it. I then would let him out into the run (when you get it finished)and let him have the run. When you get your chicks put them into the coop for a few day separate from your roo. It would be great if they could see each other but not be together for a few days. then let the mix. this way you are telling the roo that this is were you want him and yet not throwing the girls right in with him. give them time to get to know each other. Good luck

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