Exactly how am I going to get my meat birds to the abbattoir????

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by miss_thenorth, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I have an SUV, and a utility trailer. I also have 24 8-10 lb birds.

    What and how is the best way to transport them?

    Signed,
    Clueless in Canada
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Is your trailer open? without a top? If so, I suggest using a few large dog crates in the trailer.
     
  3. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine in my truck.But if your trailer has sides just tarp it. Or if the trailer is big enough,barrow a cap from a friend and put it on your trailer. just some thoughts Will
     
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Here, some processors require that birds be in stackable cages or crates. We used a processor that didn't have any particular rules and we used all wire cages to transport them there, which we picked up later, along with the processed birds. I think it would be a lot easier to unload them, already caged.

    For those that take them loose in your vehicles, do you transfer them to the processors own cages/coops when you get there? I suppose it all varies by geographic region and possibly the size of the processor. I'm just curious.
     
  5. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they do it for a living,most processors have something for you to put them in already.Cages are nice if you have alot of them.
    Believe it or not,I bring a small roll of fence and about 4 or 5 t-posts and stake them in the ground and make a corral for them and put a waterer in the middle..
    My processor says In all his years thats a first for him.He remembers me each time by the fence more than by name.
    If you used a trailer you could probably leave them in it and would be easier for him to get at. Will
     
  6. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I thought that you were going to take them to someplace like Disneyland for Chickens, but then I looked up your $50 word and learned that it means "slaughterhouse".
     
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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  8. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Honestly?!? What kind of question is that. Put them in a cage, put the cage in the trailer, hook the trailer up to the SUV and drive to the market?
     
  9. menageriemama

    menageriemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2008
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    I second the dog crate idea. One of life's basic lessons is: you can never have too many dog crates. [​IMG]
     
  10. joanc

    joanc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We borrowed some transport cages from the processors.

    If you buy any cages yourself they can be pretty spendy.

    Or leaving the trailer is a great idea. Or the fence with the waterer might work too.

    Check with your processor-they'll have a suggestion for you.

    Good luck.
     

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