As I have blogged before, our chickens are free range, but spend the night in a chicken tractor to protect them from coyotes and the like. The chicken tractor is just a basic chicken coop that can move around the yard, allowing the chickens fresh ground each day.
Paul has been in the process of winterizing the chicken tractor, and during that process decided to move the entire thing more than just a few feet - but a good bit all the up a hill and across the yard.
Now this wouldn't be that big of a deal, but let's face it. Chickens aren't exactly the brightest birds on the block. Well, they couldn't figure out how to go to sleep in their home after it had been moved. Instead, they rambled around in circles in the dusk, right where their chicken coop had been last.
This meant we had to round up the chickens ourselves. Paul got the easiest two - Priscilla and Elvis. He said we'd have to get the others together. But I didn't think it would be so hard.
After all, they can't see all that well in the dusk.
I figured if I got their leader, it would really confuse them and make catching the others easier.
So I set off to catch Crockett.
There are some mean old roosters in the world, but luckily Crockett isn't one of them.
He's a little on the nervous side, and he still has that weak crow thing going on.
But at least he isn't territorial.
The key to catching a chicken is to move smoothly and confidently. And do so quickly.
They really aren't hard to catch. At least ours aren't.
It didn't take me long to pin Crockett down.
Have you hugged your rooster today?
Off he went into the chicken tractor.
After that, I rounded up the hens in similar manner, one by one.
Horace was the last one to let me catch her. But even she didn't take much effort.
Hopefully they will figure out how to get to bed on their own now.
Unfortunately for us, we realized the error of our way at 4:45 am the next morning, when Crockett started crowing right under our open bedroom window.
Thinking the chicken tractor is going to have another relocation in its near future...
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