Do you think this homemade trap will catch a loose chicken?
Cheese nips are being used for bait.
I think so ... but I don't know much about chickens My first thought was ....Only if the chicken likes cheese nips
If so you a smart one. I tried this with my bantam that ran away. I also tried a Have-a-heart trap and She would work her way towards in but never in it. needless to say I never did get my chicken back and I haven't seen her around either. I think nature took its course. Good luck
I don't think so.... unless the chicken is really stupid and kick the stick that holds the box ;-) It's difficult with this angle to see what activates the box to trap the chicken... so it's difficult to judge your chances to get the chicken! Good luck! I hope that your chicken is not too smart!
Everything I know about catching chickens I learned from a 15 year old...he taught me how to run alongside them, reach down, grab their legs, and pull them up....your trap, I think, won't work....but let us know, will you?
I don't know about this trap. I have never seen one like it and can't really tell how it works. But I do know that as a child we caught chickens with a coat hanger. Simply straighten out the coat hanger all but the hook at the top. You may have to close the hook so that it is smaller. You then approach the chicken and catch the chicken's leg with the hook. Then pull the chicken towards you till you can grab it.
Box won't work with birds unless you pile food under it and leave it til they eat all the food - then they have become used to it and you can rebate and try...but birds are notoriously skeptical of such a trap and it could take months for them to get used to it enough to go under long enough to pull the string.
However the concept will work if instead of a box you get a large size hula hoop, spread black netting over it (you can thread a string through it and around the hoop to keep it in place) like the kind used to keep birds off of blueberry plants (the black netting allows them to see through and not feel like they are going under a box). Don't stretch it too tight or it will bounce off the chicken when it comes down and the bird can run out from under it. It is a good idea to weigh the hula hoop down - I put two metal bars across the hoop like in a triangle with the ends together in front over the stick and spread apart in back on the ground. Use a stick that is about 15 inches long and put the corn or food in a pile 1/4 of the diameter from the back of the hoop. A pile of bread pieces might be enticing.
As a kid I used this method to catch birds - starlings would go crazy! once one got brave enough to go under they would flock in after the bread - I'd catch 15 at a time. It may take a couple days for the chicken to get brave enough to go under but if she is hungry it works great.
Dead serious. That was the prototype I used to develop my fast food franchise - called Hula Hoop Fricassees. We'd catch the birds then burn of the feathers off & cook 'em. Never went anywhere though - just not a big appetite out there for starlin
Conservative, maybe. Loose? No. The only way this thing will catch a chicken is if he is running away from a nearby Popeye's and is desperate for a place to hide.
There is a chicken loose in a parking lot? I am not too sure about that trap.. might be best just to sit out there and wait for him, or bribe the chicken with another chicken in an enclosure?
This question made me laugh! We have chickens and unless they are laying hens and are very familiar with you and squat down when you approach them, it is a challenge to catch them. Chickens love, love, love meal worms so maybe if you put a big pile of them under your trap, it might go in then. The best way to catch a roaming chicken is to get yourself some plastic deer fencing, the very light kind, open it up wide and throw it over the chicken. That way there will not be any damage to the bird and you can easily pick it up without it getting loose. Good Luck!
No. That chicken will peck around on those cheese nips and never come close to that box. LOL
Very fun. There is something missing from this kind of trap. They are very effective. The box thing is better much larger like a big cardboard box. the stick must be about two feet high and corn placed all the way under the box.
Here is the funny part. You are missing a twenty foot string to pull the stick. The Chicken or squirrel or rabbit will not knock it over for you.
I even caught a turtle once with one of these and a few skunks at night.
Look closer! The string is there on the ground - it would be really stupid if there wasn't a string to pull on now wouldn't it.
You are 100% correct tsadjatko. The rope or string is actually black & that's it in the picture running across the ground.
No, not unless you are waiting to attach a long string and hide in the bushes to pull it in the unlikely event the chicken goes under the box. The way to catch a chicken is to borrow the neighbor's 10-year-old son and have him chase the chicken down and do a flying tackle onto the chicken. Then maybe if the hysterical clucker doesn't injure him too badly with her claws, drop the chicken into a burlap bag. Then you may have chicken and dumplings for supper.
It would probably be more effective to lure the chicken to a dog or cat carrier with scratch, then close the carrier and bring it back home that way.
For all of you that didn't believe this trap would work, try guessing again, and here's a photo of the little chicken for all of those of you who thought the trap would work. This photo was actually taken with the young chicken inside of the trap.
Sweet, glad it worked! Thanks for letting us know too.
Yea!!! Good for you!...now what are you going to do with your chicken?
sallieannluvslife, The chicken is already living on a farm with other chickens to a ripe old age.
Good to hear that! Better for it than finishing in a plate!
I'm glad the chicken will live a happy and contented life. You wouldn't think so but chickens are some of the most entertaining and funniest creatures.
Congrats! I was looking at this and thought it would be possible because I have raised chickens and they are not the most graceful creatures. They tend to get themselves into all kinds of places, even up in trees.
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