Please do not be overly critical, I am new to this. I found that a hockey stick is good for coralling the chickens to get them where I want them to go, usually back to the coop. Sometimes that involves a very gental pat on the bum. I also find that when I am handing out treats and some hen wants to chase other hens away from the treats that I use the hockey stick to not so gently poke or bonk the offending chicken. Thoughts?