How do you catch your chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JumpingRightIn, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. JumpingRightIn

    JumpingRightIn In the Brooder

    Oct 10, 2012
    My chicks are 7 weeks old and they roam freely in the yard all day and sleep in their coop at night. Sometimes I want to pick one up to take a picture of it and it always ends up in a crazy chicken chase! I'm running after them the whole length of the yard and back again just trying to pick one up! If they're in their coop I'll stand outside their open door hoping to catch one if it comes near me, but they never do. They just wait me out. I could go all the way inside of their coop but then I'd get all of their poop and hay all over my butt. Do you have any tricks to catching your chickens that I can use?
  2. some people use nets and hooks.
  3. JumpingRightIn

    JumpingRightIn In the Brooder

    Oct 10, 2012
    I'm thinking about buying a pool net to try. You know, the one with the long handle?
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I use a net with a long handle.
  5. I have a long handled Chicken catching net. A long time ago I used to have a long handled hook that worked great on full grown chickens Do not know what ever happened to it. Both work good. I Preferred the hook as it was less stressful on the chickens.
  6. kian

    kian Songster

    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancaster, CA
    The dog chases them over and then we lunge and grab. Unless we're trying to catch the NHRs. They just come right to us!
  7. JumpingRightIn

    JumpingRightIn In the Brooder

    Oct 10, 2012
    Do you know where I could find a hook or net like that?
  8. could you maybe make one? like get a metal hanger and a long pole, and wind the two together. but if you do use a net, a pool, or even a large butterfly net should work [​IMG]
  9. cary 1973

    cary 1973 Songster

    mine now i just walk up to the slow bent over and pick them up they no longer run from me but before that i have one of those thing that you can pick stuff up with off the floor or self and would slowly and calm walk up to them and use those as extenion of my arms round them up to a corner and bend over pick them up. what ever you do dont run aournd and chase them you wont stand a chance stay calm and slow
  10. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Songster

    Oct 29, 2012
    Tyro-Lexington, NC
    I have only had one chicken that never cared if we picked her up. Ironically, it was the one that we didn't raise from a a chick. Lucky fell off of a Tyson truck on the way to the slaughter house. She would hop up in our laps and LOVED being petted and picked up. I think it might have been because (unlike the rest of the chickens that we've had) she knew EXACTLY how good she had it. :D The rest of the chickens we were only able to hold after they've gone to roost or before they were let out for the day.
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