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Moving with chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickabone, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. chickabone

    chickabone Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,
    OK so I'm moving across the country in 2 months and was wondering if anyone has moved chickens long distances before. I'm in Illinois and going to California, about a three day drive, and was wondering how to do this without traumatizing my babies. I was really hoping to adopt them out, for free, and listed them for free here on "Chicks and Chickens Buy-Sell-Trade" but no one seems interested. So it looks like I may have to attempt to bring them with me. Anyone do this before and if so, how?
     
  2. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    How many chickens are you thinking of moving?
     
  3. chickabone

    chickabone Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 hens and a rooster.
     
  4. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I moved 4 purebred flocks in 2006, along with 8 dogs, 12 cats, 2 Mustangs , and a Quarter horse from CA to NC. I had a professional animal mover haul them in a semi.
    In your case I would think an appropiate size dog crate with feed and water attached to the door would do nicely.
     
  5. chickabone

    chickabone Out Of The Brooder

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    You don't think they'd get too freaked out being crated up for a couple days? I mean obviously I'd check on them periodically to give them food/water/cleanup. I just heard that birds can get really stressed - did you have any problems with your chickens during/after your move? Do they need to be in seperate crates or will they be ok in one big one?
     
  6. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You shouldn't have any trouble with them at all. Just watch that they don't get too hot. Being crated for a couple days should be fine. I ship and also recieve shipped adults on a regular basis, and they do well, and seem to adjust without problems. My shipped birds from CA laid eggs the entire 3 days plus the they were being transported and continued to lay albeit not as well once they arrived. Everything picked back up to nomal very quickly though. Your 4 birds should be just fine in one crate.
     
  7. Napalongtail

    Napalongtail Longtail Longtimer

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    A large crate for 4 chickens is sufficient. I moved 900 miles with 60 birds and just had them in boxes. We drove straight through though and set pens up immediately to get them out and feed and water. But when birds ship in the mail they are on route 2-3 days with no feed or water. Like someone else said making sure they don't get too hot is a biggy and too cold if you have to park over night.
     
  8. chickabone

    chickabone Out Of The Brooder

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    They don't mind being in the dark the whole time?
     
  9. mahsmaj

    mahsmaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where at in Illinoise are you???
     
  10. chickabone

    chickabone Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm up in Woodstock, 60098. It's about 1 hr NW of Chicago.
     

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