How not to transport your Freedom Rangers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by crperdue, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. crperdue

    crperdue Songster

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
    I saw firsthand today how not to transport your mature breeding stock.

    I have a friend who is working with me to start a little micro-hatchery as
    a hobby. We each can only have so many breeding pens on our meager
    properties so he will raise some breeds and I'll work on others.

    Anyway, he stopped by today to pick up some roosters for various projects.
    Saipans, dark cornish, and some freedom rangers. The plan was for him
    to pen some Freedom Ranger roosters with some of his very nice barred
    rocks to see if we can get some real nice black sex-links.

    He showed up driving a car and pulled feed sacks out of his truck. He put
    several roosters in each sack and put them all back in the trunk. Then
    he drove 45 minutes back home. (NOT what I would have done at all)

    Guess what he had when he got home? If you guessed "dinner for
    tommorow" then you win!

    The saipans and cornish were fine, but the rangers were dead. Guess
    they are just to big and heavy to handle treatment like that. He wasn't
    trying to mistreat them, just handling chickens like he has his entire life.

    Hopefully the lesson was learned. (by both of us!)
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    What a shame!!
  3. crperdue

    crperdue Songster

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
    Yep. What makes it worse is that these were the best ones I had to give.
    Whats left just isn't as good looking. [​IMG]
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
  5. BWKatz

    BWKatz Songster

    May 22, 2010
    Lesson learned [​IMG]
  6. Bearsfan

    Bearsfan Songster

    Oct 21, 2009
    Hannibal, MO
    That stinks..... Sorry to hear about your Roos. [​IMG]

    FWIW a rubbermaid bin with the center of the lid cut out and wire attached over the hole makes a nice chicken transporter for the car. I've used one with great success. It keeps the mess and smell down because you can put bedding in the bottom and nothing can fall out on the seats.
  7. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Songster

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    i just use (several) airline approved dog cages that i got for free/cheap off of craigs.

    i am so sorry that happened to your birds... i can only imagine how nice they were if they were to be used in your breeding. did you give your friend a good smack the next time you saw him? [​IMG]
  8. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    yep, lesson learned, sorry for your loss - I'm sure your friend felt awful.

    My friend and I put 40 week old CX in a box and drove home . . . opened the box to 40 almost dead chicks. It was horrible and really gross. We quickly cooled them down and they all revived and lived healthily until butcher day.
    The box had ventilation (just not enough obviously) and we regularly transport layer chicks that way; but clearly the increased respiration rate and body heat of the CX was too much, at least more than we expected.

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