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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SeattleChickenHead, Jan 25, 2011.
What breed of hen is easiest to catch? hardest?
I think it really doesn't have anything to do with the breed of chicken so much as the catchers technic and space. Now granted it won't be a flighty leghorn like in the Rocky movie LOl. In a small enclosed run 99% of BYCer's have these little set-up's...... a long handled fishing net is a no brainer regardless of how slow or fast your birds are and even in a free range situation it can be done with ease. I have several breeder pen's and several grow out and a few large layer pen's the net is a wonder tool.
But if you want an easy chicken to catch get one that's broody LOL, should be pretty easy if that's what your after.
LOL for me the easiest to catch is the fat Cornish Rock Crosses
Honestly, it just comes down to how your raise them. Other breeds like leghorns, some game birds, and some oriental breeds, are more prone to being skittish. Mine were hand tamed from day one, and played with EVERY day until they graduated from the brooder. One of mine doesn't care too much for being handled, but they are all easily caught and picked up. Though there are others that would say that their RIRs and EEs are their most skittish. (Which are the breeds mine are)
It counts more on the way you raised it than the breed you have. Granted, breeds like Leghorns, Andalusians. Minorcas, etc are more flighty than others, and Cornish X's don't have the ability to move much, but in most cases it is all about how well you raised them and got them used to you. Most of mine are pretty easy to catch, but if you don't care about spending time with your chickens. . . . Catch them at night.
Quote:This exactly. Mine come running for treats when they see me. I can pick most of them right up.
Mine would be my Brahma rooster because he is too big & awkward to get away quickly. That or Rose, by BO since she insists on being picked up & carried around like a tiny dog.
Quote:My Shamo's are both Oriental, and game.. I can walk up to all three of my cocks and pick them up with no problem, they tend to enjoy being around people. And this is passed along by other's who breed Malay, Asil, Shamo, Thai, or really any Oriental gamefowl. Towards people they are the tamest birds in my opinion. Even towards dogs they aren't typically scared, unless the dog was to show aggression or something. They're a very trusting breed it seems.