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trapping a feral rooster..and finding it a home

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cobrien, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. cobrien

    cobrien Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    Oakland, CA
    Can you trap a chicken in one of those humane traps? This rooster is living in bushes between a freeway and an off ramp, and I don't want to scare him into traffic. I'll only attempt this if I can find a safe and legal home for him but was wondering how I'd catch him if I do find him a home. I don't think getting him at night is an option as the bushes are very thick and the process of staking out his roosting spot could send him into traffic.

    Oh yeah - would anyone like a very pretty white rooster with a red patches on him? Don't know the breed but his comb is very very small and he is medium sized, about the size of my BA hen but smaller than a BA rooster. I would be willing to drive him anywhere within a few hours of the Bay area in Northern CA but not if he's dinner. If I put an ad on craigslist I guess I'd have to ask for $ to make sure he's not eaten - is $10 enough to make sure he's not eaten?
  2. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Humboldt County, CA
    I can't imagine a chicken going into one of those traps.. how long has he been roaming around?
  3. BigIslandChicks

    BigIslandChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2010
    yup the traps work! can tell you from experience - we have lots of feral chickens here and i caught one in my yard as a test to see if the trap i got at the dump would work - well it did and now after being released the roo wont leave ( i had to post about it earlier today being in a panic wussy girly state and being scared because he charged me) but if you put some food scraps in there it should work - thats really nice of you to try to relocate him to a safer spot. do you already have a trap because i know here the fancy made ones run about $400! [​IMG]

    like i said i got mine at the dump - they were trying to trap the chickens there, but food in the trap would have helped - lol - they never caught any i guess, so they gave me the trap. well goodluck to you.
    Aloha [​IMG]
  4. cobrien

    cobrien Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    Oakland, CA
    thanks - I think I've found a person in my neighborhood who has a trap and we might give it a try, although we really need to find him a home before we get too far as we can't keep roosters. I just posted in my local neighborhood listserve and found out the 3 of us have been feeding him, and 2 of us have named him - one name "Macarthur" after the road that crosses his territory the other "Maxwell" for the nearby neighborhood! I saw him again this morning - I think he may be some type of game breed. Not a surprise - unfortunately in our urban area there are idiots who participate in cockfighting so maybe he is one of the many victims.

    He's been hanging around for at least 6 months. At first he was hanging out on the residential side of the offramp, then he disappeared for many months and I thought he was dead or found his home, but he's been hanging out on his island surrounded by heavy traffic now for about a month.

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