Do chickens get stressed with a move?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nuts4hotwheels, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. nuts4hotwheels

    nuts4hotwheels Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    We put an offer on a house and should be moving around beginning of January. We have 7 hens and of course we will be moving with them as well. We will be moving there coop to the new house, so they will have the same home but a different yard. We are only moving about 20 minutes away, so I am not worried about the trip.

    • Have you ever moved with your chickens?
    • Did they act stressed out? Decreased egg production or other signs of stress?
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    They'll be just fine.

    Chicken show participants haul chickens literally thousands of miles across the country to enter them. Week after week.
    Personally I haul birds back and forth from KY three times a year with no ill effects. Roughly 600 miles.

    Having their own coop will be a plus, but the strange surroundings will throw them for a few days. They'll adjust. The whole thing may cause them not to lay for a day or two, but they'll settle right in. You and your voice will also be a constant for them. Same feeder, same waterers, same roost and nests too.

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