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Moving flock from NE to NC-Advise on how to do it

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Penske, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Penske

    Penske Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    Hi all!

    It's been a long time since I've posted! We are planning to move to NC to be closer to family. Has anyone moved a flock of chickens to a new state?
    I am not sure what to do once we are ready. I have 1 roo and 11 hens. Moving from northeast to NC. How will the climate affect them?

    Anyone out there with this experience? It'll be a two day drive...

    Thanks for your help!


  2. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    A VERY BIG suitcase... [​IMG]

    Sorry I can't be of help... but I'm sure someone will have the answer for you. Best of luck on your move.

    Last edited: Dec 1, 2010
  3. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Songster

    Oct 5, 2010
    Pacific NW
    A highway/freeway worthy "chicken trailer" with a nice suspension system would be sweeeeet!
  4. babalubird

    babalubird Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    I never tried to move chickens, but we taxi our parrots back and forth many weekends to our farm 100 miles away. We put each one in a small Walmart dog crate with some newspapers in the bottom. I keep thinking I'll get a small perch built in there one of these days. That would be better.

    Anyway, old dog crates from a thrift store?

    Also I've built parrot carriers out of rabbit wire too. Very easy to do with 1x2" rabbit wire sides and top, 1/2x1" on bottom, some J-clips or small U-clips not the right name--they look like very small hog-rings) and the appropriate tool to put them on the wire, i.e., J-clip pliers and forget what the other thing is called. Don't try to use regular pliers. Get the right tool. These allow better ventilation.
  5. You might try PM'ing Ladyhawk Smith (cetawin on BYC). She recently moved (last spring) from Oregon to Kentucky with all her birds, thru snowstorms, etc, etc.

    I would think she could be a wealth of knowledge
  6. mulewagon

    mulewagon Songster

    Nov 13, 2010
    For the move, I would get a poultry cage from Tractor Supply or a feed store, and strap it in the back of a pickup truck. Wrap it in a tarp this time of year. (I suppose you could fit the cage in the back of a car, with plenty of newspaper and air freshener, but would you want to? [​IMG] )

    You'll want to be careful in summer. Heat can really bother chickens. How hot does it get in NC? If it's up around 100 a lot, they'll need a very open coop and a lot of shade. Give them ice water if they're panting. I've heard rolled oats are cooling. Lay off the hot pepper for the summer!

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