Moving a flock of 10 chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicks223, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Chicks223

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    Moving to a little farm approximately one hour away. Need to move 10 chickens. Was thinking of using a large dog crate in the back of an Equinox. I had read that I need to bind their legs?????? Is this necessary? Looking for any suggestions to make this move as less stressful as possible. thanks!!
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

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    I have not moved chickens, but my impression is that one hour is not a big deal. And I never heard of binding legs, I would let them find their own balance. How big is the crate?
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I always bind the legs when transporting - they naturally lay down, thus don't get bumped around as much and it makes for easier packing / unpacking. Even some cardboard boxes, with ventilation holes would be fine.
     
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  4. SueT

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    Okay, well, I definitely would go with CTKen's expert advice then, and bind the legs. With what do you bind them?
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Thin rope, thick string. But the legs don't need to be bound tightly (just above the ankle joint). I'm sure others do things differently though...
     
  6. Chicks223

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    Its for an extra large dog - approximately 4'long x 3' tall x 2-1/2' wide
     
  7. aart

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    Ehh.... I wouldn't tie their legs.
    I brought my first flock(10 birds) home in a large wire dog crate, they all just hunkered down...about a 40 minute drive.
     
  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    As I say, we all do things differently. It's certainly the norm here in Africa (I've worked in 15+ countries). It's safe, convenient and does not cause any issues that I have observed. Like most things, there's always more than one way to skin a cat [​IMG]
     

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