I am trying to catch my rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kuntry Klucker, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker Thekuntryklucker.blog

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    I am trying to catch my rooster. I am so far not having any luck.
    I am new at chickens and I guess do not really know what to
    expect when catching one.

    Will my rooster go into attack mode while I am trying
    to catch him and attack me.

    What will he do when I corner him and attempt to reach
    for him?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Wait until it's dark, and then you can just pick him right up. He'll be pretty docile after dark. [​IMG]
  3. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker Thekuntryklucker.blog

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    Okay, where he roosts is a very tight spot, he is roosting under a big tree in the corner of the yard.
    It is a vary tight spot for a human to squeeze into, that is probably why he likes it. What will his
    reaction be when I reach for him at night. will is startle him and cause him to go into attack mode
    and attack me. How do chicken respond to being grabbed at night?

    I am new at chickens and don't know some of the basics yet. [​IMG]
  4. bturbo87

    bturbo87 Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    easiest thing will be to make sure you pin the wings to the body when you go in the the pick up, once hes in the air, if he gets a chance tostart flapping it will make it harder for you to hold onto and much more stressful for the bird, also how old is he. most of my younder roos are the ones that will eat from my hand while everyone else waits for the throw. but there shouldnt be much of an issue with an "attck mode" if there is, then hes probably not a very gentlye roo with his hens either, and that may cause some problems later.
  5. lizareny

    lizareny In the Brooder

    May 10, 2010
    Daaaark....real dark, don't be tippy-toeing out there at dusk [​IMG]

    Go out there with a flash light turned off. Having an body to help you is good, but not necessary. Use the light to judge where the lil turkey is, off and on, when you get there. Walk up behind or beside him, scoop him up.

    No matter the time of day, if I grab a chicken I GRAB a chicken. Fast!

    Best thing to do is focus and aim on one leg, works well.
    Night though, they just sit still and brwock a little. Maybe shift their feet. Make sure no outside lights are on to blow your cover.

    What you gonna do with him?[​IMG]

    Oh yeah, you can pin him to the ground too, that works. And usually (99%) no chicken will attack anything if they can't see......and their night vision sucks. If you do grab a leg, just lay him on his tummy, pin him, pick him up. Laying a chicken on the ground is easy, they cooperate well, if you've got a leg or two.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2010
  6. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker Thekuntryklucker.blog

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    He is a young one and for the most part keeps his distance from me. He is sleeping under a big tree in our backyard and I
    want to move him to the coop so he knows that is where I want him to sleep. What I mean by attack mode is... I have never
    caught a chicken before and have no idea how he will react to being caught. Well he hear me walk up to him before
    I even have a chance to grab him and get startled and start to attack because he thinks I am a predator or something
    like that. What does a chicken do when you approach them at night? Are they completely knocked out and do not hear
    a thing, would he even know what happened or what is happening. Do I need to be cautious of anything in attempting
    to grab him while he is sleeping?

    thanks, Sorry for all the questions, but I know so little. [​IMG]
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I corner mine and move in fast. The trick is to grab them in such a way that you pin the wings to their body. Then tuck him under your arm.

    Some people use fishing nets, some grab them by their legs. I have pretty good luck with my method and nobody gets hurt.
  8. lizareny

    lizareny In the Brooder

    May 10, 2010
    He'll be awake, he'll hear you, he'll turn his head and stare in your direction with his beady yellow eyes, when you flash the light to find him.

    It's easier than you might think, stupid easy really. The first time my hubby showed me how to catch a chicken after dark, I didn't believe him. We walked right up to my hens, he said pick one up, I did. All I said was "Chickens are so stupid!''

    Stupid easy.
  9. dparadise

    dparadise In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2010
    southwest Florida
    Have you tried placing his food in the pen? Maybe bribe him to follow you with treats? Sometimes it's just easier to bribe a chicken then it is to catch one. [​IMG]
  10. ZepChick

    ZepChick Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    coos bay OR
    Hi Roy! it also depends on their age, a younger roo isn't as likely to spur, or attack. I agree with the others, when it is dark we can even pick up our crazy Egyptian Fayoumis with no problems

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