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We spent 3 evenings wrassling chickens. While we were gone, we farmed them out to 3 different friends who looked after them for us. Now that we are back, it was time to go and gather them all.
If you are new to having chickens, here’s something to know. Yes, you can wrassle chickens in the daytime. Do this if you:
love being frustrated
love chasing chickens and watching the chickens win
love having a good workout zigging and zagging trying to catch a bloody chicken
You know what is a LOT easier? Gather chickens at or just after dusk. By then, they are back in their coop for the evening.
They’ll likely be sitting on their roosts, getting a little dozy, and starting to fall asleep.
Much much easier to grab them, they won’t put up a fight at all. Save yourself frustration and gather chickens after dusk!
Here is how we transport chickens (and weaner pigs) here in the Valley. A good sized tote bought at WalMart can hold at leat 8 chickens. We know it can hold 3 weaner pigs, because we have done that several times!
Graham made a top for the tote out of wood and chicken wire. We have another tote where he just used his hole saw to cut about 5 holes in the lid. This allows enough air for them to breathe and with a bungee cord or two across the top, the tote is secure.
Now we have our girls home again – fresh eggs and da Wolf has his job back protecting his flock.