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When I moved here a year and nine days ago, there was one roo and three hens living in the woods behind the house. I started feeding them, and,,, and ,,, well there are probably twenty five chickens now. Two roosters just ran through the yard, big noisy chase!
I don't want to frighten off the chickens. I figure to catch just a few, or even one, in not-the-right-way would make them all stay away.
Any suggestions? probably a dozen roos to go into the stewpot., ha, pressure cooker!
my thoughts, (1) chicken wire trap, either small or large (2) solid plywood trap, catch em at sunset, the last meal sort of time, they find leftover restaurant french fries irresistable, I think they'd go in...
I catch my chickens in a pvc pipe and chicken wire cage that I use as a run for the young chickens when they first go out.
I prop one edge up with a 5 gallon plastic flower pot with a rope tied to it, throw their scratch under it. After they get use to feeding under it, I wait till the rooster I want is under it and pull the pot out with the rope. These are very skittish roos and it's worked every time.
Your probable about being lean, and probably tough also due to all the foraging they do. However if you could trap a few and keep them caged and breed them, you could also fatten them up and d
evelop your own line from the V I's Sounds like a plan to me. Hay.
Then you could advertise them as Molamola's wild virgins...LOL
Watch out for his spurs when you go to remove him from the trap. Wear long sleeves so in the thrashing he doesn't give you a nasty scratch. (I've got one from a peacock capture... looks like I tried to commit suicide).
Sorry CountryGarden, but you've lost track of time...LOL It's true Gorgeous George was a professional wrestler but he died in 1963 at 48 years old. So he's been dead almost as many years as he lived. Hay
I am slow about catching these birds because of their spurs, and because they're so wild. I might see about fooling with them after dark, a heavy beach towel to throw over them, and having some sort of drawstring net, and, and...
A little hen has started setting in a weedy patch in back of the house. She was out eating just now, so I went and peeked. Poor little chicckie, such a crusty nest made of sticks and twigs, and dirt bottom showing thru. Three very muddy little eggs. I must either catch her or at least put up a bit of roof for rain... these are tough birds!
Guess I need to see about building a henhouse... Don't know what I'll do with the roo when I catch him... need a cage before catching, hey?
Like, as in build the barn and fence the pasture, before you bring home the pony, not after!!!
I use a fish net on a long pole that someone gave me when the came and got ducks. SHe walked right in and caught them. I was impressed and since the ducks were free of charge, she gifted me the net.. Has come in handy alot to catch chickens.
Who you need is Chicken George, from Roots. I do believe these are game chickens, fighting cocks.
They are very wild and are sure to be in good shape, which means, tough as a boot. The hens make good brood hens. They are beautiful, good luck.
You could always grind the meat...
but not GG's... he's a keeper.
Maybe you could make like a keyhole trap for the birds with the poultry netting (if it's that soft woven stuff and not wire). Then if you walk in the slot, they'll fly into the netting and get tangled. Then you can just drop the net over them, giving you plenty of time to go "chicken picking".
Hey Bernie, I wished time would loose track of us a quickly as we loose track of it, HUH...LOL. Hay...Bernie my wife saw a pic of Sophia Loren the other day, she is seventy-five and still looks twenty-five. That just isn't right is it...
Her plastic surgeon is better than Joan River's...
You might look for the bird netting that one puts over trees and the like to keep the birds out of the fruit... it's pretty lightweight stuff, so you might have to double it to hold a chicken, but it'd be another fairly inexpensive possibility.
That's how they catch wild birds for census purposes... hang light weight netting and chase the birds into it. The little birds get their wings tangled, the bigger birds they pull the netting over.
These are definately game chickens! My ex used to raise them. They come from wild chickens from the jungle.
He used a long pole with a short piece (maybe 1 by 6) on one end. Then if you can get close to where they roost, push the "T" end gently under the chicken's breast and they'll step right on it and you can bring them down. Grab their legs just above the feet, and put the chicken in a gunny (tow) sack quickly. He never got hurt or hurt a chicken doing this!
The bird netting wasn't a great option for me. Entangles them quickly, doesn't immobilize them until they are horribly tangled and the stuff is fine enough that it is really hard to handle and remove. And removing it (when I did that) required a LOT of handling...
I have no idea where they nest or roost. I sort of looked for their 'home' once, but the woods aren't very easy to go through here. Plus it's really steep, and the ground is loose and crumbly. Maybe if I was forty years younger,,, what an awful thing to be able to say!
Wow, now I have all of you involved, I'll just have to do something besides think about catching them... But the suggestions are helping!
Molamola are you from the Virgin Islands originally? You had me laughing so hard, I had visions of you running through the jungle or clinging to vines like Tarzan with a rooster in one arm and the other clinging to the vine. We all have great ideas as we sit in our easy chairs and laugh watching you trying to trap these escape artists. Come on just man up and go get em bucko. LMBO. Hay
Jay, "cut the stuff off" ??? peas don't grow here, too hot.
Cat, armchair is MUCH easier that real !!! LOL!
Cheese and bread, I'll have to start a photo log of what's going on, then go from there. Dark? I come home from my beach bar and am really useless until morning! but, no," I am not a drunk." two or three beers, and a slice of pizza.
Gorgeous George does look up in that weedy spot that the others don't, hummmm. French fries there for him, get him addicted...
I thought about ,, once I catch the boy, to put him in the spare bathroom that is half remodelled, so maybe I could get him used to me and maybe even tame him.
BUT, I thought about having to clean that little room later-- not good idea.
OK, I do have the "poultry netting" I should make Gorgeous George his new home, and then cram him in there once caught, in a day or two,.
All chickens come from a Pheasant that came from the jungle, the Red and Green Jungle Fowl. Game chickens have been breed for hundreds of years for one thing, fighting. I live in Texas and the last three states to outlaw cock-fighting was New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana. So it was just across the state line or down to Mexico and it was legal. Now that cock-fighting is illegal in every state there is a lot less game chicken being raised around here. I truly love the breed. They are so beautiful, the hens are great brood mamas, and stray dogs have a hard time catching and killing them. They can fly up to a tree before a dog even knows they are there. I used them for years to hatch my peafowl but switched to Phoenix years ago because I could not sell the chicks to anyone but cock-fighters. I will never forget the time I had a car full of grubby guys pull up and get out of a car with a beer in hand, on a Sunday morning to buy some of my chickens. They asked me if I wanted a beer and I replied I never drink beer until after 9AM. That was when Maggi said, the game chickens had to go. Phoenix look a lot like game chickens, except they have a long tail, white ear lobes and they are not good fighters.
Actually Catscan I am an activist advocating the return of the old free-form spelling. If it were not for spell check I'd be incomprehensible. I do find it amusing what you can slip past. Spellcheck (that failed) will let me write doe snot when I mean does not and not make a whimper.
OK, so how will a feral rooster adapt to a little cage? I think I have the spot for it, but I'll walk by every day. I think I'll put shadecloth over the chicken wire, so as to maybe not frighten him so much. I hope he doesn't bash and batter his beautiful plumage. But I think he will...
Once they have been handled, Game chickens tame down quiet well and love treats, cat food. They have been fought for hundreds of years, which means they have been handled regularly. Someone must tie on the razor blades and gaffs they use to fight with. The hens are wilder than the cock, most times.
Other chickiees, the TopDawg rooster and his hens... most of the roos are colored like this one. The hens, most are brown, but a few are black with grey legs. The fighters all have bright yellow legs. I haven't seen a roo with black legs...
How many hens should I catch? They're lousy for eggs! I bet twenty a year. And should I try to move the setting hen that's in my yard, into this fabulous chicken hotel once I get it made?
(ha, ok, get car inspected, and buy 2X4s...)
Boy, some of these hens are SO amusing to watch when they come off their nest to grab a bite! I'll move the car day-after-tomorrow to the side of the driveway, and see if I can get a you tube of their shenannigans. Stretching, fluffing feathers, trying to flop around in dust and pecking at ants at the same time. So cute!
I'd do it tomorrow, but must run errands and get car inspected...
Game hens will lay 10 to 18 eggs and then want to sit, then start all over again. I had a Miner Blue hen that someone let me borrow for a season, if I would give him back most of the young stags. I hatched 150 chicks from that one hen. She would lay a clutch and then start setting, I would steal the eggs and put in a bator and she would start laying again.
I've been wanting to post this since I first saw the subject and have been holding back until now...couldn't you use wild rice and wild oats to catch the wild chickens? Sorry, very silly I know, but that popped into my head as soon as this thread was first posted. I had maybe 3 hours sleep last night and tend to be very silly when tired...I better go to bed now...night all.
I've seen Mongooses(?) nearby, but not here. And there was one small rat, but the cat enjoyed him.
I'm trying to figure which hens to catch for the roo. There are so many! I guess I shouldn't catch them that are in the middle of nesting? Really easy to recognize them! They put on such a show when they do show up for a quick meal, while they're doing calisthenics.
The chickens here have been setting now and then, all along. I guess they're "Day Neutral"?
Days are at shortest, eleven hours, and longest thirteen hours. There have been two generations of chickens in this bunch of chickens in one year, and I expect to start seeing newly hatched chicks very soon. From both older hens, and first time layers.
Raining here, off and on. I felt sorry for the little hen out behind the house in that weedy spot, so chilly and getting dripped on by big drops off the trees above.. Got an old window screen that I'd saved out of the trash bin, wrapped it in a piece of plastic that I saved from a new mattress.
She didn't run away when I slowly propped it over her.
Going to a Help Haiti drive tonight, they're collecting tents, food and water.
Haitians are my neighbors. The radio has begun including their weather forecast when they tell ours. I haven't been there, but I have known Haiti and and they're industrious and honest. sigh. Their troubles are just beginning.
I've been thinking a lot about the Haiti situation too, MM. You are right, their troubles are just beginning; I was looking at before and after pictures on the web today... it's impossible to imagine what it would be like to be surrounded by such devastation, such loss of life. =o(
Did you feel the anything from the earthquake where you are?
We get from 150 to 300+ earthquakes a month in this area, and they occasionally remind us a big one is overdue. wowee. Didn't feel this one.
Seems money is the thing to send at this point. Here's a blog by someone who's been there for seven years, on a clean drinking water effort. They have trips to visit, and perhaps in the near future, trips to help somehow. There's an exodus going on right now, many leaving the wrecked city.
These chickens are all over the Island. I would like to skin them for their feathers, but what would I do with a bunch of chicken feathers? And yes, too pretty and MUCH to scrawny for the pot, but I'm going to try... maybe. I'll start with getting 2X4's to build a pen for George...
I have been SO upset, and miserable about the Haiti thing.
Remember, I felt sorry for Little Hennie, out there in the weeds, in the rain, and I put a bit of a roof over her?
I didn't "share" what I found, the nest empty, with just a few bits of eggshell. Boo hoo. I tend to keep misery to myself. I have given money several times, and will give more to Haiti...
I just went to look, and she's back! whee, Now I MUST build a coop of sorts. I am a sixty-something old woman who despises saws and lumber and all that, but I WILL get built a coop and home for Gorgeous George and Hennie.
This is so nuts.
Am I OK?? or should I make a reservation at the place with padded rooms?
I think GG will come to about any shelter if he has food to eat in there. I don't think he will adapt to captivity well at all and will either stop eating and die or beat himself to death against the sides of the pen. The other roosters will see him as a trapped victim and attack him thru the wire.
The best way to get some of these chickens is to rob a nest just before they are due to hatch and have something to incubate/hatch them in or have just hatched and raise them as pets. Then they will never have known the wild and will be much more domestic. You may also be able to set a cage over the hen and her nest, feed and water her until the chicks hatch and maybe let her raise them for you until you can get a proper run made for however many you want. Remember that over 50% of most hatches are roosters.
When I was your age and younger I tried things like you are contemplating. I look back on those days with wonderful memories. I pray you are successful in getting a chicken for a pet. They do make wonderful pets. Personally I like banties.
I have a neighbor who raised this kind of chicken just because they are pretty. The hens were very protective of the nest and eggs. Would attack in a second if they heard a chick screaming.
I'll be watching this thread to see the developments. GOD bless and keep each of you.
I was visiting folks on their boat once. We got into naming boat/dinghy. When it got to animal names, we almost hurt ourselves--- Big Brown Cow, dinghy, MooMoo. Red Rooster, cockadoodle De Dooo, and etc. duck, cat, doggie, and etc...
Please forgive me Molamola, Don't even ask me what I was thinking? For some crazy reason I thought I was talking to a guy, and that was why I said "Man Up" It never dawned to my dense brain that I was talking to a lady. My ignorance showing through again. Lesson learned...Sheeesh. I so hope you can come up with a house for your feathered friends. Hay.
I am the one who is teaching Billy how to mend fences, take care of animals, fix and clean pens, and how to hammer when it is needed. I bought him a black and decker kids toys when he was two, and when we are fixing something, he has his tool belt on and his plastic tools in it..
PS he also has his own shovel, hoe, rake, hand shovel, hand claw (for the garden, just cant remember what it is) and his own Broom...
I used to be a tough guy, so the men could sit and watch movies?
I am a scuba diver. An eye opener was when one day, I'd dragged three tanks into the shop to be filled. They weigh 35 lbs. each. not all that much, really. While I was chatting at the cash register, a girl dressed prettily in a full feminine skirt and low heels made a show of struggling to open the door and pull one tank in. Both guys jumped up like there was a fire and rushed to help her. I was amazed! They hadn't done more than look up when I came in the door. Hmm, I was wearing shorts and a Tshirt. hmmm.
But now I have reached my sixties, and I really need assistance occasionally. I hate the silliness, but I am considering that I should begin wearing frilly clothes and (one inch) heels.
Good for Billy! If he balks at helping with dinner, just ask if he wants to be dependent on a woman all his life. I know, that's counter to what I've just been saying.
I want Billy to be a good man, and that means opening the door for people, helping them with what they need help with and manners. I know that the lessons I am teaching him now will last a lifetime... One of his favorite things is whipping eggs, which he is becoming a pro at... Itsw CMoxon's idea, well the flan recipie is hers, and its mine to have him help. He gets his chair and helps with dishes and such in the kitchen too...
I am very fortunate to have an amazing and very unusual man! I didn't have any part in it either, his aunt did most of his raising. Even though we've been married 15 years he still excuses himself when he leaves the table, he has other good mannerisms as well. Keep up the good work MissJ and you'll have one fine young man you'll be proud of (not like you're not already).
There are a number of 'old' guys here that don't have a clue. They're lonesome, but impossible to get along with! No manners, totally self concerned. If I try to talk to them, they make me feel like a piece of furniture. ( 'Old' being 45 years older than a child.)
Poor settie hen came out of the woods to grab a bite, and two roosters were bugging her. A hen sure can puff up like a turkey, hey? I gotta get that pot heated up...
The 4 children i babysit, 3 are boys. they are raised from the time they can walk to have manners. that includes opening doors for ladies, carrying groceries, cooking, doing dishes & whatever else we think they need to know. We took everything we hated about the guys in my school & we made sure these don't act that way. They say yes mam, no mam. They will escort you thru a dark yard to your car (tho i have to escort the 4 yo back to the door then run to my car), they will hold your hand to cross a street to protect you, they will let you enter a door slightly ahead of them. They don't need to think women are a door post but they do need to know how to treat them with respect, love & equality in certain things. (not all things) i'm thrill to hear that someone else is teaching manners to a little boy MissJestr Its rare of to hear anymore.