How to Transport Turkey Poults Safely?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by penguin627, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. penguin627

    penguin627 New Egg

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    I need to move 18 poults to their new home down the road. They are about 5 weeks old. It's only about 8 miles and a short trip up a gravel road. Is it safest to put them in a few cardboard boxes? I have one dog crate but it may be a little large, I'm worried about them jumping around and getting injured.

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. turkaholic

    turkaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use the boxes or the crate, I've used both in the past. If you use the crate, place a blanket or something over them to keep them in the dark. They will be less jumpy and will settle down when their surroundings are darkened. Your doing a short move so they won't be overly stressed. Be sure to put shavings , straw, hay etc on the bottom to keep them from sliding around . A good footing will also make them more comfortable.
     
  3. penguin627

    penguin627 New Egg

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    Thanks for the help! I used the dog crate with a light blanket and they were very calm. Happy and safe in their new home!
     

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