Big Day coming up Saturday - advice please

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by English Chick, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Ok on Saturday Dh and I go to collect my 50 rescue battery hens (I support the UK's Chicken Out Campaign) my dilema being transporting them back. personally as the girls will already have had a very "rough" morning being taken out of cages, put back into cages to be transported to the rescue Centre's Co-Ordinators home, only then to be taken out of cages to be put back into cages by the people taking them home!...phew poor birds...however not wishing to digress what are your thoughts and advice on the following suggestion;

    rather than put them into large cages again (I will have to make them, but not an issue) I thought as we where going in DH pickup truck with a solid canopy on and locking tailgate etc, I wanted to put down lots of straw as a bedding and put the poor girls in loose, bearing in mind they cant fly, can hardly walk (curled feet through gripping cage wire) and will no doubt be mostly featherless, I think it might be more humane and comfortable for them and hopefully less stressful then putting them into more cages
    their stable is ready with new nesting boxes and a very very thick layer of straw on the floor (they can catch cold as they have always been in heated battery houses) have also been advised that they will be full of lice, so will also have to treat them before they go in the stable, BUT they are used to humans which is a blessing in itself, hate to think of me stressing them even more during delouseing.....

    All comments welcome..........neurotic chicken keeper!
  2. roosmom

    roosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2008
    upper peninsula
    [​IMG] If they cant do any of the things normal chickens do, then I think your idea is good. It goes without saying ([​IMG]) that the driving will have to be amended also. Other than that- good luck!
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    EnglishChick, bless you for what you are about to do!

    I think the straw in the bed of the truck is a good idea. Definitely give them something to grip so they don't feel off balance the whole way. Keep them dark if you can, which will calm them.

    Just a thought, at the end of your drive, will catching them in the bed of the truck cause them a lot of stress?

    I really hope that they are in good shape for you. You are doing a great thing.
  5. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Good points dear friends, good points, DH does drive really well unlike me who still thinks shes a speedster! at 55!!!

    Also keeping them in the dark is another god idea will blacken the rear windows a bit, these birds have been kept in permanent light since they went in "prison" they have never seen the sky or felt the rush of the wind through their feathers, I am so looking forward to caring for them! Dont think they will be too stressed when we take them out of the truck I will be very gentle with them....bless you all
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Good luck with the transfer. And thank you!
  7. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2008
    Ohio near Coshocton
    ((((cyber hugs)))) Thats for helping the chickens! [​IMG] This is wonderful! You have a big heart my friend! Let us know how it goes!
  8. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Quote:((((Waves))) thank you, will keep you all posted, such great people on here!
  9. hoosier

    hoosier Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine would make a run for it when I opened the back of the truck, but I expect they will be too weak and dazed to make a break.
    I look forward to hearing about their first dustbath and sunbathing sessions!
  10. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    You may have to teach them to do those things. After they learn to walk again....

    Good luck!!!

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