to make the transition less stressful

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by twinmom+1VT, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. twinmom+1VT

    twinmom+1VT In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2010
    We will be moving at the end of September (about 1.5 hours from where we are now). My hens will be around 5 months old and I'm wondering how to make the transition as stress free as possible for them. One of the crazy challenges is that my husband wants to move their coop with us (a little crazy since the coop is 8'x8'x8'). He's still trying to figure out how he would do this, otherwise we'll have to rig up some sort of coop in the barn that's there. I have a large dog crate I can transfer them is (I have 6 hens) or another option is filling the back of our covered pickup with straw and move them in that.
    Any help/advice in how to move them is greatly appreciated!

  2. monita

    monita Songster

    Oct 6, 2009
    Shelbyville, Tennessee
    move them at night. it is easier that way because they are normally roosting and more calm. During the day when they would normally be moving around having them cramped up to transport them can be very stressful, especially if they can see the movement of the outside. If you can't move them at night i would at least try to keep it as dark as possible. Maybe cover the crate with a blanket or something.

    Good luck!!!

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