Most people think of chickens as domesticated animals that are kept on farms and in pens, but wild chickens have become a problem in many regions. They can be aggressive, destructive and wild roosters can wake up a neighbourhood with an unwelcome early morning crow. These birds aren't too difficult to catch, however. All that is needed is the correct methods and a little patience.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Observe the wild chicken you want to catch. Pay attention to where it goes and what places it likes to visit. You will need to know its habits if you are to set up a trap or put yourself into a position to catch it. This may take a few weeks, but this kind of observation is crucial to catching any wild animal.
Place bait in places where you observed the chicken. Food such as corn, seeds, and even meal worms will work well. The idea here is to get the chicken accustomed to going to certain places and building a routine that will make it easy to catch. You also want to have a trap by this point. Most bird traps are wire cages with one or two doors. Place the trap someplace you know the chicken will go based on your own observations. Place food in the trap and let the chicken go inside so that it gets used to it. Note that the trap shouldn't be set to go off at this time. The trap should be set out for a week so that the chicken becomes accustomed to it.
Set the trap once the chicken is accustomed to it and doesn't fear it anymore. The chicken will gladly walk into the trap to get food and end up trapped. Once the chicken is trapped you may take it someplace far away from your property, but the best course of action is to call animal control to have them take it away. Alternately you can lure a chicken into a trap if it starts following you. A chicken may follow you if it thinks you have food. Take advantage of that and lure it where it can be caught or trapped.
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