Moving Chicks in a vehicle

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jazzpurr, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. jazzpurr

    jazzpurr In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2007
    What is the best way to move my 1 month old Buff Orpingtons?
    My wifes' Uncle is taking 11 of the 23 next Saturday.

    Is it better to keep them in a small a space as possible, like they came
    from the post office?
    Or should they be in as large a pen as possible when they are in the vehicle?
    It is about 11 miles to their new home.

    Should they be covered? They don't seem to like being completely

    Many Thanks In Advance
  2. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    in a cardboard box with holes for air.. but dark. they will not get so scared.
  3. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    When I went and picked mine up 150 miles, I used a dog kennel and went well [​IMG]
  4. jazzpurr

    jazzpurr In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2007
    I just want to be sure about your replies.

    I am talking about 1 month old Buff Orpingtons. They are pretty big at this point. I don't know if less room for them to move around is good or should the carrier be as big as possible?
    They are already the size of a pigeon.

  5. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    We have used a dog crate, the plastic kind, not the wire. Our chickens drove about 150 miles like that and were fine. Put down some bedding for them in the box.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2008
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    For 11 miles a med . size cardboard box with airholes will do just fine....
  7. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    I wouldn't worry about the size of the container too much. It's only 11 miles, and your chicks have proven their survivability by now. The only thing to avoid is cold drafts.
  8. jazzpurr

    jazzpurr In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2007
    Thanks Everyone. I may not have thought about the
    bedding until I got them there, That would have been a mess...
  9. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

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