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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nc farm, Feb 13, 2013.
Can you actually get them to approach you without having to chase them?
If you really need to catch him, the best way is when he roosts at night.
If it was me I would probably just catch him at night when he is sleeping on the roost. However when I have needed to catch my young roos in daylight in the past I usually had them in a run and cornered them. I had one that would always run to one corner so I set a dog crate so he couldn't dash left when I moved in to scoop him. Doubly handy having the crate right there, very easy to have fast containment.
Usually I can put out corn--or something they can peck peck peck at, not grab and run with--and wait until they have their backs to me, then grab them to check on them. Otherwise, I chase them, or get them when they roost at night as thebanthams mentioned.
If I have to catch my roo during the day, I throw out a snack - like cracked corn - then drop the top half of a rabbit cage on top of him. Once he's confined inside the cage, he's pretty easy to hold.
Personally, I'd rather my roo stays away from me. If I NEED to catch him I do it on the roost at night. Roosters' brains really aren't wired to be pets, so it's best not to try to make them too friendly. They should have a healthy respect for you and give you lots of space. It's their way of showing your dominance.