How to transport fully grown hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by iPeanut1990, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. iPeanut1990

    iPeanut1990 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2014
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Sorry if this is the wrong forum to post this in.

    We might be moving 10 hours away to another state. We have 3 hens. What's the best way to safely transport (driving) them? Or would we be better off selling them and starting over once we get to our new location?
  2. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2016
    Surrounded by the Amish
    When I move chickens I put them in a pet carrier. I've done it this way twice and they turn out just fine. But can't put water in the carrier because it will spill and get the chickens wet wich isn't good for them. So whenever you make a stop just put the waters in their cages then take it out when you start driving again.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I've transported birds for sale 5-6 hours by vehicle. I use dog crates, bedded with straw or shavings. I put fruit in with them to peck at. I don't try to do a feeder or a waterer while I'm driving, that just makes a mess. For my time, they're fine to go without. Longer trip like yours, I'd stop for a feed and water break once or twice. I'd also do a quick scoop of the bedding, cause they're going to be very stinky. I'd cover the kennels with a blanket, etc to keep it dark. Dark, confined chickens are usually calm, quiet chickens.
  4. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

    Mar 3, 2011
    The Land of Enchantment
    Not much to add to the advice already given. :)

    I moved my 4 hens in a dog crate, and my 2 dogs were in the back of the Rav 4 also. Every 3 hours or so everyone would get a food and water break. Our move was about 11 hours, but longer since we stopped a bit more often. (Hens came on the last of 3 trips)

    They actually did really well, but were we were really happy to be out of the car!
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2016
  5. First find out if it is legal to transport Birds or if you need a permit?

    Chickens carry disease..........

  6. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2015
    Various hatcheries and chicken equipment dealers sell cardboard chicken carriers. Each one carries an individual chicken. They are just like those cardboard cat carriers you see sold by Vets. What type you get just depends on how you want to go about transporting them.

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