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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dangerouschicken, Feb 13, 2008.
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To get my chickens to come back to their run all I have to do is stand in there and shake the scratch container. Since they were day old chicks I have always made a "clucking" sound everytime I have any kind of food for them. Now they will always come running whenever I make that noise or they hear the scratch container. I started training them from day one so I would always get them to come back quickly when called for their safety.
There are probably 100 assorted chickens free ranging at the stables. They tend to hang out in their own little groups. We have had 4 batches out of the bator and they mostly hang out with their "sibling" unless a roo steal hens for his harem. Since I have fed them since they were babies, they keep an eye on me when I am outside to see if I'm going to toss out some treats. One group will come around as soon as they hear horse feed hit the whellbarrow, cuz they know the horses will drop feed and some even jump in the feed trough! So behind the barn, I just throw some feed in the barrow to call them in and net them in the barn. The other main group (which includes my poor confused ChickenGoose) will come as soon as I open the shed door where the cats are fed. I always toss any leftover cat food from the day before out the door and they are there waiting! The rest of them, mostly Donmieckers and game birds roost in some cedar trees at the pasture fence. THOSE I wait till after dark to snag.
We are going to have to cull roos soon, and guess which group has the most of the ones we want to get rid of?
I *HATE* cedar trees!
I just pick up Daisy, she is the roosters favorite, after I get her which is no problem, she is very friendly. I walk to the pen and the rest follow. I throw a little bit of scratch down then as a reward for coming in. It's routine now and I get the chickens all back in in under a minute.
I tried to use the hook method with a rescue chicken that got loose in my yard, but all she had to do was see me with that pole in my hand, so that didn't work. I had to watch where she went at dusk and nab her.
The treat dish method works best for me and them.
Y'all DO know how to catch a Unique chicken, right?
You 'NEAK up on it.
Ya know how to catch a TAME chicken??
The 'TAME' way!
I take a fish net and atach a light wieght pvc pipe to the end to make it longer.
Most of the time, I just wait until they jump up in their roost at dusk and then you can just grab them. They don't see too well at night and just sit there. Otherwise have some one help me try and corner them. A couple of them are really friendly and don't mind being caught at all. I have a wild chicken that came to live in my tree New Year's Day and I tried a couple times to catch her but not very hard and at night she goes pretty high up in the tree so she is just my Tree Chick now. Once I got her into the pen and she went nuts crashing into the wire and stuff and the other chickens were attacking her so I just let her live in the tree. She's happy there.
I use scratch too........................ works like a charm and its funny to see a grown fluffy girl run!