Moving with chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jeremy, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    We'll be moving (back, permanently) into our new home, probably by the upcoming weekend, I'll be bringing my entire flock along obviously so I thought I'd ask if anybody has any experience moving with their birds.

    What's the best practice in moving a flock? Are there any precautions I can take to reduce stress on the birds?

    I've successfully reduced my flock to a number I feel comfortable moving with and having to care for over the winter. 1 mature rooster with 14 hens, as well as a grow out pen containing 11 just over 2 month old (fully feathered) Orpington chicks. We're putting the finishing touches on their new coop at the new place and it should be ready for them by mid week.

    I've got 2 very large dog crates that I plan on moving the birds to their new homes in, this was the simplest and most economical idea that I could come up with. I guess I'll just be making lots of trips back and forth between the two homes until all the birds have been brought over.

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Tips?
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    I have moved twice with my birds, the last just 3 months ago and hopefully the last move for a long time. But I found that Card board boxes are the best and easiest way! I only put 2-3 per box, depending actually on the size of the box. That way you can move alot at once. My birds have all done very well that way! Good luck.

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