How do I catch a chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by McGoo, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    What's the best/safest way to catch a chicken. Also, how should you hold them once you've caught them?

    I've heard and seen differing methods and would like to follow the best approach. That is if and when it's possible. Those chooks can be amazing little gals and seem to slip through my fingers before I can get hold. [​IMG] And then they know that you're on to them... [​IMG]
  2. chicken granny

    chicken granny Hatching

    Dec 6, 2007
    Fincastle Va
    That is too funny, cause I have been there...I found a safe way to catch the ones that give me a run for my money is to use a Large fishing long as you are gentle taking them out...never had one to even break a toenail....good luck;)[​IMG]
  3. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Thats what I use Granny [​IMG] it works wonders, doesnt hurt them and I have mastered the art of hiding the 5 ft long net behind me [​IMG] they wont even walk around it when I lean it up against a tree now [​IMG]
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I usually would wait until they go to roost in the evening. Aside from that, cornering them works sometimes, bribery (with food) will work sometimes, and occassionally you'll need a partner!
  5. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Songster

    Oct 30, 2007
    Simpsonville, SC
    There is a little thing that you hook around their leg and just pick them up with. I've never done it, but have seen them.
  6. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    It has taken me and my three children up to half an hour to catch on particularly fast hen named Nona. She's my GLW and she is really skittish. We wind up shushing her towards a corner near the house and then she is trapped. But it took us a long time to figure out how to get her in when she escapes!! Good luck!
  7. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    We either catch them on the roosts at night or use a large net if we need to catch them during the day. I'd rather grab them up at night as its less stressful but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way.

    Here's a pic of Skip/doc_gonzo with one of our BTBJ boys in the net, when we were moving the main part of the flock to the new coop/run back in July. The birds have never had any injuries from being caught with the net, either. Got the net at Lowe's, in the pool section. It was right around $20.00. Found the same net at a local pet store for $40.00.


    Hope this helps!

  8. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Quote:You can make one with a wire clothes hanger, a guy was telling me about it the other day. You use it to hook the chicken's leg and pull it towards you.
  9. ratlummountain

    ratlummountain Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    barkhamsted, CT
    i just grab their tail feathers if they're trying to run away from me. otherwise having a treat works wonders.
  10. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Quote:I tried that method with my brown leghorn and pulled all of her tailfeathers out, what a sight she was until they grew back.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2007

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