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Chicken Catching

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We are getting close to opening up the netting and giving our chicks a chance to do some exploring. They are currently confined to a small courtyard at the foot of the ramp out their door, as well as the space beneath the elevated coop.

Cyndie tossed a little food as I was preparing to take some pictures while they were out and about. That resulted in most of the heads being down and the butts up.

I didn’t make it out to see the show when Cyndie moved them back into the coop for the night, but she said it was quite a spectacle. She had read one suggestion about training them to come in for the night by regularly using a unique call and shaking a little container of food for enticement.

I asked her what her call was going to be. She didn’t have anything specific worked out yet. I think it might be, “Here chicks.”

Sounds like they were unimpressed with her offerings.

At first none of them wanted to go in. Then one headed inside on its own accord, but when it realized it was alone in there, it came back out.

After Cyndie got a couple of them inside, one chose to lay down right in front of the door, obstructing the opening.

With the food offering failing to impress them and Cyndie’s call not inspiring action, it was time to resort to the long hooked stick to pull them in by their feet.

All this was accompanied by Delilah’s unwelcome barking, which did not contribute one bit to Cyndie’s calm demeanor.

In fact, from the house, it sounded like there was some cursing going on down there. At least, from what I could sense between the barking.














Written by johnwhays

May 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

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  1. If one requires chasing these days, I give a quick effort, then throw my hands up and yell, “FINE! Get eaten, then!” (They never have so far.) They are incredibly hard to catch when they don’t want to be. Swearing does help, though. And might I suggest, instead of “here, chickens,” calling sweetly: “here little #+@&”; fill in the blank with the word most befitting your mood. 😉


    May 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    • Ha ha ha! Perfect! Cyndie got a nifty long hooked stick that conveniently snags their little legs, but so far is only operating within the confines of their small courtyard. Free range days are close at hand, though.


      May 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm

  2. Is this intended to be a job description for chicken wrangler? 🙂

    • That would work! “Must be able to curse like a chicken wrangler…”


      May 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

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