How do you transport chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 1littlefarmer, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. 1littlefarmer

    1littlefarmer Songster

    Jun 20, 2009
    Hudson Valley, NY
    So I'm picking up a few full grown chickens this week but I don't have a clue as to how to get them from the farm to my house. I've built a chicken tractor for quarantine time so I could load that into the back of my truck but I don't know if that would give them too much space (and no seat belts...). I don't have a dog crate, which would probably be best. Cardboard box with holes???

    How much space do 4 chickens need for transport?

  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I used a cat carrier, but I also had a cardboard box with holes punchedin it with some shavings tokeep them from sliding around - both worked OK
  3. A box will work. I`ve got a friend who carries his gamecocks in a pillowcase. One in each case. They calm right down and seem to relax.......Pop
  4. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Songster

    Jun 29, 2009
    We sent a lady home with 4 chickens in a box, and later, a hen and 10 chicks in a box. As it was dark both times and she stuffed them in the trunk, we just didn't close the top of the box and the chickens stayed there. She drove them home about 20 miles and they all made it just fine, only to be eaten by coyotes or neighborhood dogs weeks later. [​IMG] But a box works fine!
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  5. Drafthorsegal

    Drafthorsegal Chirping

    May 29, 2009
    Id only give them enough room to pack in a box snugly. A good shape is a box that say cases of paper come in.. one on the bottom, one tapped upside down on the top with holes. They'll be more comfortable packed in with standing room or sitting room only where they can't roll around.
  6. 1littlefarmer

    1littlefarmer Songster

    Jun 20, 2009
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Ok, Thanks! Sounds like a box it is! Will they do better in their own boxes (like the paper boxes), or can I put all 4 in one (like a box that's 2'x2', or 2'x3')?
  7. Depends on how many she takes. Ya gotta be able to carry the box and yes, they will be fine in one box.......Pop
  8. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    I use those collapsible file boxes from Staples. You get like 4 for X amount of money. You can put 2 large fowl full grown birds in one or 3 smaller birds. I throw in some shavings and tape the top poop. Because they have holes for your handles, I find the ventilation is more than adequate. Plus, they are collapsible and reusable
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I was going to suggest a pet carrier or a box or a large laundry basket. I would cover it with a sheet or blanket. Just some suggestions. I used my brooder which is wire.

  10. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Songster

    Feb 6, 2009
    I use a pet carrier, but have also used a tupperware tub with a screen bungied to the top. Hey, whatever works!

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