Current Opinions on Moving Birds

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by catdaddy66, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    Have just finished the coop I started back in April, but wonder how I should go about making the transfer of 12 chickens (one roo and 11 mixed brown egg layers, 18-20 months old) and keep stress to a minimum. That is, my stress as well as the birds! I know dusk is a good time to get them with minimal fussiness, right after they have roosted for the evening. But I am curious about the reaction the will have at dawn, waking up in strange surroundings all of a sudden. I know it is common to have a stop in laying, feather picking, not eating, etc when jolted out of housing they have been in over 1.5 yrs. What should I look for? What are causes for concern? I want the birds to re-coop-erate quickly (get it?...) and be healthy at this stressful time. Thanks for your help!!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I bet you'll find that within a few days they will be adjusted to their new home.
     
  3. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yup, as Flockwatcher said, they will be fine. Your concerns are mostly unfounded. Even as their surroundings change, all else will be familiar, like food, water, you. Those constants make for a very smooth transition. Don`t worry......Pop
     
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Just go out there first thing in the morning and give them treats in the coop and run. Food always makes any place a great place! [​IMG]

    I wanted to add that the last time I moved some chickens, I just lured them to the new run with treats. They followed me right in. Mine recognize the treat container and will follow it any where we lead. If yours aren't trained, yet, just start using the same treat container and give them a little treat out of it every day. They catch on quick.
     
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  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yup, they will adjust within a few days. But for those few days they will pace the fence trying to get back to the old home.

    Also, if you have roosters, move them LAST. Otherwise they sound the alarm and freak everyone else out. (learned this the hard way)
     
  6. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    Quote:I found that out, too! But luckily I moved them at dusk so the fuss was minimal. They did well the next morning. I checked on them and they were all congregating in the center under the roosts except one EE that was ON the roost! I was relieved.
     
  7. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I found that out, too! But luckily I moved them at dusk so the fuss was minimal. They did well the next morning. I checked on them and they were all congregating in the center under the roosts except one EE that was ON the roost! I was relieved.

    Glad it went well! [​IMG]
     
  8. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Tennessee
    I second the luring with treats. No problems here with reduction in eggs when i moved them either.
     
  9. WishboneDawn

    WishboneDawn Out Of The Brooder

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    We got a couple of flocks two weeks ago. One was fine because they came with the coop we bought so although the surrounding were different they essentially had their home. The other went from a coop they were always penned up in to free-ranging and a temporary home in a brooder box (BIG box) to a temporary coop to, last night, the main coop. They've been fine with it all. egg production drops off a bit the next day (sex links) but a couple of days later they're always laying well again.
     

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