1. logansterling

    logansterling Out Of The Brooder

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    I need some ideas on how to catch about 30 chickens who are totally wild. THey dont go into a coop or any enclosed area really. And although some people tried netting them the other night they were only able to catch 7.

    These chickens are a rescue to me and are several hours away, I would like to be able to get all or most of them caught so I only need to make one trip...

    and advice will be helpful since they will have to leave their current home before to long.
     
  2. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know about actually catching them but we learned we could herd them to an area by using squirt bottles!
     
  3. CHIC

    CHIC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would wait until they are at roost, when it's just getting to be dusk. Then take a net with a long pole and catch them. It may take a few days to get it done. If you are bringing them to your current flock, remember to quarantine and practice biosecurity for the sake of your other little lovies. Wish I could have given you a more ingenious idea but I don't know of any. Chickens are smarter than people give them credit for, if they don't want to be caught, it is very hard to catch them.
     
  4. CHIC

    CHIC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yeah, and I suggest having a team of as many people that are willing to help you as possible. Team work would be most helpful.
     
  5. IDIOT HUSBAND

    IDIOT HUSBAND Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are fairly docile and they can be hard to catch if they know they are guilty of something.
    If I had to do something like that I would try a live trap. My girls like crack corn, I would use that for bait. If I could find out if they have any vices like yogurt, lettuce or anything else that you could use to your advantage.
    Once again, good luck.
     
  6. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    ummm where is this? Can i come? LOL
     
  7. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

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    When it is starting to get dark it is easier. They fall into a sort of stupor at night. If you can get close you can often grab them without much trouble. Of course if you miss they will sometimes run away blindly. A net would be very helpful! Take a flashlight of course. Sometimes you can shine it on them and they will hold still. Team work would of course be helpful!
     
  8. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

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    You might try one of those hook devices on a long pole for catching them by the leg. That is what the breeder did when I picked up some bantams. I have seen them for sale on the poultry supply sites. Or you could bend a coathanger!
     

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