moving chickens to new farm

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sonja1018, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. Sonja1018

    Sonja1018 In the Brooder

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    We're moving from suburbia to little ranch an hour away. I'm at a loss on how to "pack" and transport 12 hens,9 ducks, & 6 geese.[​IMG]
    I'm hoping someone here will have some ideas, suggestions, or experiences to share.
     

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

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    Pet carriers or cardboard boxes with lots of ventilation holes would work. Bind their legs and lay them in the boxes and make sure that the inside of your vehicle is as cool as possible. No pee breaks on the journey! :)

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  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Do move in early morning hours possibly before sun comes up. Avoid feeding the evening before. Ventilate as stated before. I would use a couple coops like linked below for all but geese. Make so while handling you keep birds from getting excited. Upon release make certain they are contained for at least a couple days to prevent wandering.


    https://www.google.com/search?q=tra...hUKEwjd2ND6xInOAhUEOCYKHfoQDz0Q_AUICSgE&dpr=1
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Large wire dog crates in the van worked well for me.
    I moved 10 birds in a 42"L x 28"W x 30"H.
     
  5. I hauled 9 Roosters on an 8 hour trip to the farm. I used a large plastic dog carrier. I never tied up their legs...Stopped a few times to feed and water them. They did great. Use what ever you have on hand to haul them in. Lock them up once they get to the new place for a few days so they get comfortable in the new setting.
     

  6. Sonja1018

    Sonja1018 In the Brooder

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    Thanks everyone. The move went flawlessly. We used small Home Depot moving boxes, I "drilled" 2in air holes, put 2 birds to a box, & loosely stacked them in the car. 5 boxes of muscovies, 6 boxes of hens, 3sm + 1med box of geese, and a med box in passenger seat for a goat.
    So glad it was only an hour drive. Things were already getting pretty rank just 30mins in [​IMG]
     
  7. Sonja1018

    Sonja1018 In the Brooder

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    Small moving box sold at Home Depot with 2in holes made with a hole drilling bit.

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    Loaded and hitting the road. Reba says "Hi".
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    Young Nigerian Dwarf riding shotgun.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Great!!
    One of those trip where you really want to open the windows but really need the air conditioning 8-p
     
  9. josher57

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    Haha well that's the first time I've seen a goat in a box. Good idea though. I'll be stealing this when I move 6 hens back to my little slice of heaven this weekend.
     

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