How To Catch A Chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dangerouschicken, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR


    This works better than anything else. You can even get them when they hide in the bushes!

    Any other suggestions?
  2. Xtradust

    Xtradust Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Orange, CA
    That's the best advice. I have a smaller fishing net for chicks and very small chickens.

    I made and tried one of those poultry catching hooks. They catch them by the leg and don't hurt them.

    But, I don't think I'd use it again unless I had a dire emergency. The chicken was wild anyways and when I got it by the leg it absolutely FREAKED!!!

  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Thats exactly what I great...but hard to sneak up on them with a big old net. [​IMG]
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    This reminds me. When I first moved to Arkansas there were absolutely no jobs available, cept one. Chicken catcher for the big poultry company. I hear it pays very well. Think about going into a house with 15,000+ chickens to catch. I'm so glad a job became available before I got that desperate [​IMG]
  5. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    I slowly walk up to them bend down and pick them up....[​IMG]

    even easier. [​IMG]
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  6. muddler6

    muddler6 Songster

    Sep 12, 2007
    Jefferson County, PA
    I was just talking to my dad the other day about catching chickens. When my family had a chicken and egg business (before my time) they used the catch hooks to get them by the leg, he said once he got the technique down he got pretty good at it and had no problem catching them all day long. So far I have been able to just walk them into a corner of the run and scoop them up by hand, or they think they are safe if they go under the ramp to the coop, but I can still get ahold of them easily that way. Hens seem much easier to get a hand on than roos though.
  7. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    Mine know the net by now. They run before I get to them with the net. 99% success comes from throwing scratch in the run they go right in. It is simple to catch them in coop and run just corner them. Occasionally one refuses to go in even with scratch so I grab it after dark. I quit chasing chickens.
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  8. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Well, the whole net thing came up with us when after a big wind storm, the coop door had blown open and chickens were all over the yard. The roo wouldn't let us get near the hens, so we netted him first. Then we used scratch to lure the hens, and since they are banties, we could net two at a time [​IMG]

    I'll never go back to the cardboard box technique we used to employ.
  9. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    They use a fish net at the local fair to catch the escapee's.

    Personally, I use grapes or sunflower seeds when I want to catch one of mine. They come running & I pick them up.
  10. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    I have a long, skinny bamboo stick that I tap on something hard to get their attention and then tap it on the ground behind them and they get in a group and run for their pen. My husband dies laughing everytime over it! I never have to touch them with it but they run striaght in their pen everytime. I can gather all 12 in under 60 seconds with it, lol!!

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