Moving to Texas with Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by paynemom, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. paynemom

    paynemom Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2008
    Robinson, TX
    I have been reading other topics, but I still need advice. My 4 hens just turned 21 wks(not laying:() and our family has to move to Waco Tx. I desperately want to take them with me, it takes so long to get them laying, I don't want to start over! Can it be done? How? Do I need papers? What do I put them in? Cover the cage? Will they get sick or die traveling? It is about 16 hours straight, but we'll drive it in 2 days since we have 4 little children. Any advice? Thanks!
  2. My chicken is cuter

    My chicken is cuter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Woo hoo for Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2007
    Brighton, CO
    Wow, no advice really other than maybe a dog kennel and the type of waterers used for rabbits. Good luck in your travels [​IMG]
  4. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    Will they be travelling in a vehicle, or in the bed of a truck?

    The best thing i've found for transporting birds is a plastic dog crate. You can attach soda bottle waterers to the door so they won't spill as badly, and scatter feed on the floor. I don't know about travelling all that way with them in the back of a truck though.
  5. paynemom

    paynemom Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2008
    Robinson, TX
    We are taking a moving van and our mini van and possibly a truck. Won't they smell horrible in our car? [​IMG]
  6. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    Probably, but being inside the van would probably be extremely hot for them.
  7. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    Are you suppose to have medical papers , yes, a local vet should be able to certify them disease free, forget the form. I think Texas also want to see the paper work that says they were tested for bird flu.

    Actually I just read the law summary and it specifically states for exhibition purposes, so all might be just okey dokey.

    I will also say , I have never heard that someone was pulled over for a chicken check.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2009
  8. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Quote:True! [​IMG]

    You can also modify a plastic tote to transport birds in. Just cut some air holes in it, pine shavings in the bottom, and you're all good. It shouldn't create a big smell if you withold their food the day you start your trip.
  9. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree with Cuban Longtails...a plastic rubbermaid or sterilite tote would probably work great for 4 pullets. Reducing their food would probably reduce their poop, but I wouldn't want them to get weak since they will also be stressed from the trip. If you put several layers of paper towels in the bottom of the tote, maybe you could just remove the top soiled layer and throw it away to control the stink. I'm not sure how practical that is, but sounds like it might work [​IMG]

    If they were mine, I would want them in the car I'm in, just to keep a close eye on them. Best wishes and Welcome to Texas!!!!!
  10. PoultryScienceAggie

    PoultryScienceAggie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2008
    College Station, TX
    I am from Waco. You will love it. It is a great little town. I come to Waco every weekend so just let me know if you ever need help or info about the city.

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