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Not to mention safety. Though you have a passel of LGD's so I suppose the possibility of a predator getting to those hens is quite remote.

Don't have a net but even if I did I couldn't have used it to catch Rhea. She was in thick 5' tall weeds and under a small tree that is up against a short section of 3 rail fence.
 

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What about a leg catch? They will maneuver in tighter spots. I keep one and have caught many a bird with it. Not that great if you get it tangled in weeds, but still, more flexibility to where you can use it as opposed to a net. I use a net with a retractable handle, that also came from the fishing/sporting aisle of Walmart. It is PERFECT to catch the "left-behinds".
 

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I do have a leg catch Jan, can't imagine how I could have gotten Rhea with it in those weeds, the tree and the fence.

My chickens don't like me to catch them either. The littles still think I am to be avoided but they will eventually come around. The only downside I can think of with hen raised chicks. I do have to catch Daisy and Lily and band them. Easy to tell them apart now since Daisy has developed comb and wattles, Lily isn't there yet.
 

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Regarding hard boiling eggs so they are easy to peel:
I heard that doing it in a pressure cooker works so I found a method with Google.
In short: IT WORKS!
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/237562/pressure-cooker-hard-boiled-eggs/


I did 3 eggs, 2 of unknown age they were part of a hidden nest with 19 eggs, 15 from one Easter Egger, 4 from another. The third egg was 6 days old from a White Rock. They all peeled easily and the yolks were perfect, yellow, not tinting, not chalky.
 

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You are several weeks ahead of us. Especially this year since we have been so hot and dry through Sept. Normally we see some decent color about the 10-20 of Oct.... but it is still dry here. Some leaves are coming off without any color change, just drying up and falling. But we will be more like the end of Oct before there is some real color.
Looks like @Mini Horses may have gotten some rain this afternoon, the clouds were south and headed east and seemed to move over the whole eastern part.
 
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