Moving 800+ miles with 10 chickens.


In the Brooder
Dec 10, 2020
I've searched the forums and have read lots of great advice on how to keep chickens contained and comfortable for long distance trips. But, I can't seem to find definitive information on whether its ok to have them in an enclosed moving truck. It will be in the winter (January) so I don't expect heat to be a factor. I know other ways might be more ideal (van, suv, truck bed, horse trailer), but we have some furniture and household things to move as well.

We would certainly strap everything in so it doesn't move, and give them enough space around crates for airflow. And, we would check on them during the drive (w/water). We are going to try to drive straight through and avoid stopping overnight.

Thoughts? Is there enough fresh air for them?
How full will the moving truck be?

Have you seen the truck in person? Some moving trucks the back door doesn't seal very well, so you may have some airflow there. Depending on the trailer they may also have vents.

I'd also be inclined to put somebody in the back of the truck and take a trip around the block, to make sure you aren't getting any exhaust into the moving truck. Check if any vents and if so where, and check the door seals (a gap in the seal right over the exhaust pipe would be bad).

I guess, I would think it can work, it will depend a lot on the trailer.

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