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You might be able to find the large size dog crates on Craigslist (or some such listing site) for cheap or free, they hose out easily and we fit 6 full sized heritage roosters per crate.
Ventilation is important - if they're in crates I would take the truck canopy off and as recommended above try to get the first slaughter of the day. Packing them up while they're sleeping is the least stressful way and transporting in the dark is easier on them too.
Good luck!
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I found 2 large dog cages (collapsible for easy storage) on Craigslist for $50.  My plan this year is with 30 chickens to build some kind of shelf that will make the crates 2 story and fit the chickens in fairly tight so they can't slide around.

 

They will be processed late may/early june so it could be hot.  I too have a truck cap (topper) and was planning on putting that on for delivery to the processor (1hr drive) with the side windows open.  After reading this I'm wondering if it would be better to keep the cap off for ventilation.  Would highway speeds be too windy for them in an open truck bed??

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