Moving rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kayanne, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. Kayanne

    Kayanne In the Brooder

    Jan 6, 2016
    I have just found a new home for my rooster. I now need some advice on how to transport him there. I am assuming that it should be done at night. He weighs about 10 pounds.

  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    I have no experience with roosters and OMG 10 pounds [​IMG].

    If you can handle him, it would seem you could place him in a dog crate or carrier and transport anytime as long as it's not a really long trip?
    Or ask the folks to come and get him?
  3. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Free Ranging

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    How far is it?

    A carrier is best, but I often transport chickens in a sack or box if it is a short distance.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I use wire dog crates...easiest to grab them off roost the night before moving to crate them.
    Getting him out of crate into new home is another story... if you can just open door to crate in his new pen.
    Good Luck!
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I do the majority of moving birds after dusk.

    I'm too unhealthy to be chasing chickens.

    After dusk, they're roosting. I can walk right up to them, hold the body firmly and lift them off the roost.

    If you have a rooster that's been aggressive, or you're afraid he may be, use a towel or some such to cover his head.

    The key is so be sure and confident. Don't dither around, or feint at him. Just be matter of fact, firm and get it done. You don't need to spend time soothing him, sweet talking him, explaining what's going on, etc. Trust me, that's not going to matter to him one bit.

    I've had folks bring pretty much any type of container you can imagine to transport chickens. Dog/cat kennels to cardboard boxes, sacks, plastic totes, etc. One guy just let them loose in the car....not advised!!!!!!
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  6. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Songster

    Apr 1, 2014
    Longville, La
    We "rehomed" 6 roosters yesterday or I should say last night. A family member came by after work to get them. We sat on the porch visiting and drinking coffee until a few minutes after sunset. It wasn't pitch black but we did have to use flashlights to identify which birds to take. Grabbed them by the legs from underneath the roost and put then in a small brooder box I built last year. Done in less than 5 minutes. For most of them it was the first time they had been touched by humans.
  7. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    If you are scared, and if you have been attacked, well that is reasonable, try this. Wearing long sleeves, such as a thick hoody or sweat shirt, go down in the dark, and either prop your flashlight so that it shines on the floor in the corner, just giving you enough light to see. Take a bath towel, grasping towards the end in a hand, flip the middle over his head, while reaching firmly with each hand to each side of his body over his wings. Press tightly and remove from the roost. Slip him into the container.

    Mrs K
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  8. juliejohnson805

    juliejohnson805 Chirping

    Aug 24, 2016
    Central Alabama
    I had to rehome three and we just put them in a cardboard box. They were not as big as yours though. Wish I had thought about crating them at night. Hubby had a time getting them out of coop.

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