We laughed about how as kids we would make one and then snag every hen in the barnyard a couple times each. And if you caught the rooster it was a huge deal. (we had educated him after just a few times of catching him)
This was way before the internet, video games, and a million channels on TV.
It brought back the time a few years ago when the boys were getting old enough to help, which means they could walk a few steps without falling down, and I declared we needed to catch all the broilers in the next few days to butcher.
They ask "how we gonna ketch em'?"
I'll make a chicken catcher I exclaimed. Of course they were on point then! Especially my youngest as he wants to know how to make everything or at least "see how it works."
That was almost as weird to them as making a chicken catcher.
So with both of them following along behind I grabbed a pair of pliers and cut a piece of #9 wire about three feet long or so.
I then bend a U shape in the end. I then send the boys after a stick about the size of a chickens leg or a bit bigger and place it inside the U making sure it is against the bottom of the U shape.
Taking the pliers I squeeze the U almost shut up against the stick which leaves a long tail.
I then make a few fine adjustments based on years of making chicken catchers and then promptly losing them after one day of use. (I should find three with the mower this Spring)
I flip the now finely tuned instrument around and bend a handle on the other end and say there we go!
The boys both look at the wire and then look at me and say, "how do you catch a chicken with that."
So off we go to demonstrate. I open the movable pen, reach in with the wire, and before they know what has happened I'm pulling a bird to me by the leg...and my youngest is screaming "let me try!"
And so it goes on the farm. I am always amazed at what I learned as a kid on the farm. Some things I have completely forgotten until one day I'm doing something and think, "I know what I need! I need to make a.........."
Until next time!