How do you catch a chicken or duck???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mhhousley, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. mhhousley

    mhhousley In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2011
    LaFollette, TN
    Okay, so I never spent enough time to make my chickens tame. However, they will eat bread (reluctantly) out of your hand and my 3 yr old can walk right up to the hens, but I cant actually grab them. I need to catch them to dust them, look them over, etc. I can always grab them at night but thats usually not the best time to try to be able to see what you're doing.

    How do you catch a chicken. I heard of a stick with a hook or something before that you catch them by their feet. I was thinking maybe just like a fishing net or something. I want to know the best way to catch them and not harm them at the same time or absolutely wreck their nerves.


  2. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Crowing

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    If I need to catch my ducks I herd them into a corner and just pick them up. It also works with my chickens who don't like to be caught. If they are free ranging I would use a net. Mine are in a 2 acre fences yard, so I just go out with my kids and have them help corner them.
  3. mhhousley

    mhhousley In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2011
    LaFollette, TN
    Quote:I do corner them! But then they jump and fly away. Sometimes I can catch them and sometimes I don't. Either way, they run and fly violently when cornered and sometimes get their head stuck in the fencing. I'm afraid I'm going to injure them trying to catch them.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    What I do to catch everyone to dust them is open the coop door a little IN THE MORNING, grab one, and close the door again. Dust that one, and then grab the next one. Eventually to get all of them I have to go inside the coop and get the stragglers.

    Alternatively, I use a long-handed fishing net to catch them if they are already out.
  5. trooper

    trooper Songster

    Apr 26, 2010
    :lol:When I need to catch them I use a fish net.It doesn't hurt them and it beats trying to catch them with your hands.[​IMG]

  6. mhhousley

    mhhousley In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2011
    LaFollette, TN
    Quote:I think thats what I'll try. I'll look at them at walmart. I assume their fairly inexpensive.
  7. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'm glad I have power in the coop, partly for this reason, it's certainly the best time to handle them, and I feel like it stresses them the least. I'd recruit a helper to hold a good light if I didn't. We have caught them with a long handled fish net but it can be a chase. There's a long pole with a sort of hook on the end of it, an old fashioned method, but it takes a little practice, I've read. Here's one:
  8. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    The best way is to do it once they go roost at night!!
  9. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Every chicken owner needs a large fishing net.[​IMG]

  10. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Songster

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC

    One of our first (and most coveted) purchases when first acquiring chickens. That thing is worth its weight in gold!

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