Newbie Question-transporting?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dixiedoodle, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    In a few months, I will be picking up 12hens and a roo. They may come from different places, they may all come from the same place at the same time (easier than quaranitine). I might be traveling several hours (both ways) for pick up. I have a truck- NOW my questions: What do I need to take to put the birds in. Where can I get these items and how many do I need for 13 hens/roo @ 15-20 week olds?? Thank you Dixie
  2. SloCrevs

    SloCrevs Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    Central Coast, CA

    No, seriously, I have a bunch of clear Tupperware that we drilled holes(large holes w/ a press) in the side of, and we use those for transport.

  3. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Teenage size chickens in T'ware??? [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    i would get/barrow 2 or 3 large pet carriers.they would ride good in them.
  5. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Really anything can be used for transport. Dog crates, pet carriers, rabbit cages, and even the tupperware boxes! I have several of those and they work very well!

    Birds travel best when they are crowded. Keeps them from getting upset and picking on the others. I usually fit as many in one cage as I can without overcrowding them. Then most of the cages get put in the back of the truck. As long as you are moving they should be fine. however, if it is a hot day, you have to be SUPER careful not to leave them in there for any long amount of time with the truck at a stand still. You will end up with fried chickens!

    You can get tupperware at any walmart and cages you can get at auctions or even on the side of the road. I always keep a lookout when driving. Also, check craigslist. They usually have tons of dog crates for sale!
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I have used cardboard boxes for adult chickens, with air holes if it's warm and going to be a longer trip. You just have to make sure the boxes are sturdy and the bottoms well taped together and put a bungee or something around the box so the top can't open up. I put an old rag towel in with the birds, thinking it will give them something to grab onto instead of just smooth slippery floor, but I really don't know for sure whether it helps, and it certainly can get yucky by the end of the trip [​IMG]

  7. amystours

    amystours Songster

    Feb 23, 2008
    Alexandria, Louisiana
    This is a little different, but when I had to figure out a way to bring two mature peafowl to my parents, I went through all the options I could think of, and I finally decided on the least stressful for the birds, and actually the most economical for me: a U-Haul trailer!!!!

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