How do I transport lots of roosters?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mamabahre, May 4, 2011.

  1. mamabahre

    mamabahre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I am going to be transporting multiple roosters at once how do I do it? They are going to be processed at the end of the trip so I don't need long term transportation for them. Just for up to a few hours at most.
    Do they all have to be completely separated the whole time to prevent fighting? I.E a large dog crate with multiple roosters in it would be BAD?!
     
  2. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How are you keeping them now?
    Are they seperated or all in 1 pen?

    I would put them all in a box/cage that is just big enough for them with very little space for movement.
    If you have a dominate one put him seperately.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    They very well could fight. I've had roosters that have gotten along perfectly well in the same pen, but when I caged them to take to the auction they tried to kill each other.
     
  4. mamabahre

    mamabahre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm there are a couple single Roosters, I have crates for them. Then the rest are ALL coming from the same farm as part of the same quite large flock. I was thinking in the large dog crate since it is a short ride but I don't want them to hurt each other too badly. I was hoping they'd be afraid of the drive enough to try to not kill each other for an hour:/
     
  5. peterlund

    peterlund Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think they would be scared a bit, but I would cover the cage in a darkening cloth to keep the more aggressive boys calmer... Well actually I would just process them myself... Avoid all the fuss! [​IMG] You might have to do it someday... why not now?
     
  6. mamabahre

    mamabahre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Actually that is what they are for!!
    I am picking them up and then they are getting the ax pretty quick. Hence they don't need to be in the cages for a long time. Just long enough to get to their final destination...
     
  7. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Hey, your project to take unwanted rooster sounds like it is working well for you. Congratulations.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I too would cover the cage/kennel/etc to make it dark, that should keep them calmer, anyway.
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I transported 25 roosters in 10 cardboard boxes with holes cut into it for air... in that little red 2 door coupe in my avatar. LOL

    I didn't have any fighting problems because they was just enough room for them to turn around and they were pretty out of their element. Their total travel time was about 3 hours.
     
  10. mamabahre

    mamabahre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes it is!
    I am really impressed, I posted 2 CL ads, one for Maine and one for NH and people were very kind in their responses.

    I was super clear that these birds are strictly dinner. I also basically said they are to feed my family and would be much appreciated. As I said before I am getting some this weekend from another BYCer as well...

    I did have one nasty email from a lady who yelled at me for being too poor to buy meat but not too poor to "steal" other people's birds....Crazy lady..

    Anyway, I could very well end up with 30 free roosters by the end of the weekend. My head is swirling with the amount of delicious homemade stock I can make with all those bones!
     

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