Big Move

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by FluffyFlockLove, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. FluffyFlockLove

    FluffyFlockLove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2016
    Hedley British Columbia
    Hello Everyone.
    I am planning to move from British Columbia all the way across Canada to Ontario come spring. I will be moving with all my stuff, three dogs, 5 cats and my two flocks of chickens. Each flock consists of about 5-6 birds Silkie size and smaller . My family and I are planing to drive across Canada so it will be about a week long drive. I was wondering several things and hope I could get some help. My questions are:

    What should I transport my birds in?
    How often do i need to stop to give the birds water?
    What should my safety concerns be?
    Anything else I should know?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Darkened carriers will keep them calm. They still need excellent ventilation.
    A friend moved a bunch of birds from Washington to IL and back again. He had a big 2 compartment horse trailer and drove slowly when turning.
    As long as it isn't hot, they can probably get by with water morning and night.
    If you have them in cages and have cage cups for food and water, they should be fine.
    If they are in carriers, you may need to change bedding from time to time.

    Let us know how it goes.
  3. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Flock Master

    Jan 18, 2008
    Good advice above but maybe you could go with watering nipples if they know how to use them so that they could have water available at all times without it spilling? You could probably train them now even, it doesn't take very long and actually saves you work
  4. First off find out if it is legal to transport from Province to Province and if you will need any special permits.......I hauled to Sask. in the summer....I was told that was a big no,no.....Not sure though...

    Hauling in crates will work but a week is a long haul.....Stressed out Birds.....

  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    good point
    In the states, we can transport between states either if NPIP or with a recent blood test.

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