I am going to be moving from Virginia to New Orleans in August and would like to bring 3-5 of my favorite hens with me. To start with, do chickens (and cats) have to have health certificates to travel from state to state? I've heard many say, "NO, only large farm animals need health certificates". On the other hand I've also hear that each animal DOES have to have one. Does anyone know if it is necessary? I'm going to be on a very limited budget and if they don't need a health certificate then I don't want to have to go through that hassle. Plus the added issue that none of the vets around here seem to work with chickens. Second - I was also wondering how much stress can a chicken handle when traveling? They will most likely be transported in a small rabbit cage in my stock trailer along with my horse. How heat resistant are they when traveling and how many days can they stay in the rabbit cage? Since I will most likely be transporting my horse in the same trailer, the trip may take upwards to 3 days. Should I put a perch in the cage or just have them directly on the floor? Thanks for all your help!!!