how DO you catch a 'stray' roo????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spish, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    for the past week or two ive noticed a stray roo round our property, i thought he was just passing through but seems to have settled somewhere in the fields.
    my 11 roo's have made sure until now he's kept his distance but he gets closer to the hen houses by the day and my roos seem to be 'accepting' his presence in the background now (they are no longer so quick to go chase him off)

    but im worried what he could be harbouring (parasites/mites/illness??) and would rather he stayed away to be honest! but if he's looking for a home who am i to turn him away?

    so first things first.....if i want to 'treat' him, i have to try and catch him...but everytime i even open the gate on the field...he flies/flaps away. i spent 2 hours last night searching under/ontop/in the bushes/shrubs/as high up the trees as i could get but cant find where he's roosting? (thought it would be easier to catch him at night...!)


    so.....how do you catch a 'wild' roo...when you cant get near him or see where he's sleeping?
     
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  2. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Follow him at dusk to find where he's roosting, then just go pick him up while he sleeps.
    You should quarantine for 30 days to make sure he isn't sick or carrying any parasites. Check him over for lice/mites, worm him, watch for any respiratory problems: runny nose, crusty, or off looking eyes, etc. Any problems can be treated while in quarantine without risking your entire flock.
    Good luck!
     
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  3. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    thats the problem im not home at dusk..im in work then so by the time i get back its already dark
     
  4. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hire a neighborhood kid to track him down. [​IMG]
     
  5. Chicken Frenzie

    Chicken Frenzie Chicken Whisperer

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    xD!! Well, when our crazy rooster gets lost, I always (Hes scared of ANYTHING that moves,) try to corner him, if you can wait until hes inside a cage etc or something, then you can corner hiim (Have someone behind you so if e escapes you they'll be another guard,) But go slowly, copy his moves and yeah ^^ Good luck! [​IMG]D:D[​IMG][​IMG]:[​IMG]
     

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