How do I get him to stand still long enough to photograph?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by WalkingOnSunshine, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I just got a lovely Ameraucana rooster and two hens. I'm dying to get some good pics of him to get everyone's opinions, but he won't stand still. He's in a chicken tractor by himself now that the introduction period is over and the hens have been let out into the flock at large, so I can't really take his pic in the tractor b/c the angle is wrong and the wire makes it too hard to see. I can't let him out b/c 1. he challenges every hen he sees and we have a fight and 2. I want him separated so I know exactly what egg comes from what mating. He's not the tamest thing in the world, so I can't bring him in the house for a pic--he'd run all over creating a path of destruction. How on Earth do I photograph this bird in a pose where he can be judged?

    (End of rant [​IMG])

    Here's the best photo I've managed to get of him:
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  2. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    I would have someone else grab him - and the hold his legs. He might struggle at first, but he should calm down. Then set him on a table or something, with someone still holding his leg/legs.



    Maybe this will make him quiet down long enough to take a picture.



    Oh, and by the way, I've never had to try to take a picture of a "wild" roo, so........this is all just theory [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2009
  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Here's a little trick...

    1. Grab bird around the body, with the feet and head flying free. Keep the wings close to the body.
    2. RAPIDLY move the bird in a circular motion that is the literally as wide as you can go.
    3. Once you've sufficiently confused him, "drop" him onto the place you want to take the picture (MAYBE a 3" drop).
    4. Take the picture QUICK. The circular motion will confused him JUST enough so that you can take some quick pictures.
     
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I've heard of that circular trick--but I didn't think of doing it in this instance. I'm going to have to give that one a try!
     
  5. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    Can chickens get motion sickness? [​IMG]
     

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