Best way to move flock to new house?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Noi, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Got a lot on your mind...moving can overload our brain.

    They are just easier to catch after dark, which may be less stressful for all...and if already living together, they'll be fine waking up 'alone'(without you) as long as they have food and water.
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  2. Noi

    Noi Chirping

    Apr 12, 2019
    Central VA
    Yes, definitely a whole lot on my mind. You're right.

    I guess I'll leave the decision to the last minute - we will move first and there's no problem leaving them here for as long as I want. I would just come here every day to take care of them.
    So really, no rush, except for my impatience :lol:

    Thank you for helping me think through this!
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  3. Quackter

    Quackter Songster

    May 15, 2019
    You got it right, move them at when fully dark. You can use a small focused light to shine in their eyes, put your flattened hand thumb up right infront of their legs, lift up gently and most will just step right up on it. Saves a whole lot of squawking. I would leave them locked the roost in for atleast a full day
  4. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Crowing

    Sep 26, 2015
    Portland OR
    Moving at night is easier - that's what we were PLANNING to do - but the way it worked out, we did it first thing in the morning. We had 100+ chickens to move, and had as many large dog crates as would fit in a Uhaul cargo van (6??) - the cargo van was perfect-- and we needed it anyway to move the goats (200lb goats, not going in my car!). My last coop could be kept pretty dark, so my strategy was go after the super easy birds first, then the flighty ones (so they wouldn't be bouncing around all over), then the in-betweeners. I think it took us 2 trips in the van - 7 or 8 to a crate.

    This is what made a HUGE difference. We put a 1/4" rubber mat (usually sold in a roll, by the foot, at the farm supply stores, 30" wide, 1/4" thick, very easy to cut to size) on the bottom of each crate. Everyone rode SUPER well on the hilly, non-stop curvy drive from the old house to the new. The one crate I forgot to cut a mat for --- there was a LOT of scrambling- doesn't matter how much bedding you put in a crate, what they need is traction. I felt bad about that!! The mats made ALL the difference - just a regular box cutter will cut them, and the 30" width worked well in the dog crates.

    We carried the WHOLE CRATE with birds inside to the new coop, closed the door, then opened the crate and let them out. In our case it sucked because it's a steep hill to get down to the coop, but there was NO WAY I was opening a crate door in the driveway. Not a chance. Once the crate was in the coop and we got them to walk out--- they pretty much just walked right on out the pop door to their new gigantic run and got down to the business of being chickens.

    I *did* have issues the first couple nights getting my silly hens in - there was a log jam- the ones too scared to really go in caused a big traffic jam, but I didn't have to do anything beyond clearing the chicken snaggle.
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  5. imnukensc

    imnukensc Crowing

    May 22, 2017
    SC Midlands
    Pretty much agree with most of what has been said but I wouldn't leave them locked in the coop for a day or two. No need for that IMO especially since they'll have a large run and it's freakin' HOT this time of year.
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  6. Noi

    Noi Chirping

    Apr 12, 2019
    Central VA
    Great idea!
    Thank you!

    @imnukensc yeah, I don't think I'll need to. They'll have a nice big run and I will be there to help them in to it a few times during the day, and at dusk.

    Maybe I can set up the (open sided) coop in such a way that they can only exit INTO the crates in the morning, and then we can take them straight to their new home... hmm.
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