I learned recently of this good thing called a "poultry hook", and decided I wanted one. There's a place online selling them CHEAP and look to be really good ones, like hand down to your kids good. But, I wanted one that cost me $0, and I wanted it a bit shorter than the 4ft the commercial ones were, I wanted about 3ft to use in my large coop/run. Tektronix is a company best known for oscilloscopes. It's been said they invented the modern oscilloscope as we know it. A lot of their classic tube based equipment had a chromed steel rim around the front, which is basically a chromed wire force-fit on there. I decided to use one of those. Some work with simple hand tools (most notably vise-grips) later, I had a dandy hook. I took an old file handle and put that on it, and hung it up to let the glue dry. A couple of days later, today to be exact, I finally had a chance to use it. I finally had a buyer for my extra 6 chickens. One was a nonproducing hen, the rest roosters - 4 young semi-psychos, and a psycho bantam. Catching everyone with the hook was easy! Of course there was a lot of chicken angst expressed, and the rest of 'em wonder about me right now, but it was FAR less traumatic than a net, and chase-n-grab is worst of all. I highly suggest you buy the commercially available hook for outdoors, standard to large chickens, and basic longetivity. But this post is to show, they're not hard to make if you need one.