Hey Puddin! Maybe you or someone else can help me...
We will be picking up our new (first time ever) chicks in our car. There will be four of them. They will be 7 weeks old. It will be a one and half hour journey. The temperature is around 70ºF in the day time. I was thinking of transporting them in either a cat carrier (one of those hard airline approved ones) or in a cardboard box. (maybe the cat transporter will be too drafty as there are a lot of ventilation holes along all sides.) The cardboard box would just have some holes punched near the top for ventilation.
I will put some wood shavings in the bottom. and some plastic hardware cloth cut to the same size as the base of the container so they have something to grip with their little toes and aren't slipping around all over the place.
What do you reckon is better? Cat transporter or cardboard box with lid?
At 7 weeks they should be fully feathered, or very close. I would go with the car transporter with some shavings to cover the bottom. Have food and water waiting at home and they should travel just fine. Congratulations! Good luck
We've got the chicks!!!
And the cat transporter was perfect size for them - they sat down and peeped softly to each other the whole 90 minute journey! I had food and water waiting for them for when they got home and they immediately ate and drank and fell asleep in a corner of the brooder.
They will have to stay in the brooder for another week - hubby is still putting the finishing touches on the coop outside. I'm sure they'll be ok.
And what about your hatching? how many babies have you found under (adoptive) mama???
p.s. we got 2 LF cochin, and 2 buff orpington. José (the breeder) thinks one cochin could be a roo, because it's so big. But he's 99%sure the others are all pullets. Time will tell...
Edited by elaineinspain - 5/8/16 at 8:11am