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    How to Get your Chicken into a Cage

    ArticlePoultry AdviceWednesday 25 May 2011
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    Follow these steps to prepare your chickens for show

    Chickens for sale are usually intelligent and clever poultry birds. This can sometimes make them difficult to train because of their ability to “read” people. If you want to show or move chickens somewhere, you’ll need to put them in their cage, but this can be a bigger challenge than you think. Read on to find out how to train your chicken to get used to being in its cage, and how to get it there in the first place.

     

    Put the chicken in its cage for small durations such as trips to the vet. Open the cage door. Catch the chicken and wait for it to calm down. Wrap a towel around the chicken if it's not handled regularly. Insert the chicken into the cage head first. Take off the towel and close the cage door. Use this method for transporting the bird when the bird will not be in the cage for an extended period such as a show.

     When preparing chickens to be in show cages, set the cage inside your chicken’s coop and place some of its favourite treats inside. Allow the chickens several days to come and go inside the cage. Wait for the birds to enter and leave the cage readily (this will show that they have become “desensitized” to the environment of the cage). Now, try placing the show chicken inside the cage for just a few minutes with the door closed. Feed the chicken treats and remove it from the cage. Place a food bowl and waterer inside the cage and gradually, day by day, increase the time the bird spends in the cage – about half an hour more daily. Do not leave the chicken alone during this stage of training, and if the bird becomes anxious, decrease the time spent in the cage as this process should never ever be rushed.

     Consider training anxious or flock bound birds in groups. Use a large cage and train two birds in the cage together using the previous method. Take two cages and set them side by side as they would be in a show. Put a bird in each cage so that they can settle each other through companionship.

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