Moving chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cyw iar, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. cyw iar

    cyw iar Out Of The Brooder

    Finally, the henhaus is ready, and it's time to move the hens in. Trick is, the hens are currently living on my screened in porch, so somehow I have to get them all from the porch, through the living room, and out to the henhaus (maybe fifty yards total, plus three doors [into and out of our house, and into their haus]). There are six hens and one rooster. I've got one person to help me. Any thoughts on the best way to do this?

    I figured after dark, so they're sleepy and we can catch them. I don't know if we should try to put two at a time into a box or something, or carry each one out separately, or in any particular order that might make it easier (rooster first?). Any advice would be much appreciated!
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I would definitely do it after dark. For that number, one under each arm like a football might be the simplest. A box or laundry basket or the like would work -- unless someone woke up and decided to leave! A large cardboard box that you can close would be perfect, with a few air holes cut in it. We use an ancient dog crate -- handy if you happen to have one.

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