Question about moving the coop and chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mama2chicks, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. Mama2chicks

    Mama2chicks In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2011
    Fort Collins
    Next Saturday we are moving from Colorado to Kansas. It's about a 500 mile drive. Our plan is to close the coop up (with the chickens inside), load it on trailer, and take them with us. If anyone has ever done this before, I am wondering how the chickens will react and what we can expect. They will have water and food available during the move but I am concerned that they might freak out. Any suggestions about the best way to go about the move?
  2. DianeS

    DianeS Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    I've taken adult chickens for a 2-hour drive before, without problems. They were loud, then quiet, then loud, then quiet, etc.

    I'd expect the water to slosh out though, it will whether its in crocks or drip bottles. So maybe have some water-heavy food available too? Like half a melon or the like.

    As long as they have decent ventilation from outside wind (you did say "trailer" not "truck" right?) but aren't sitting directly in the wind themselves, it won't be any hotter than a yard.
  3. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    Make sure it is well tied husband NEVER wants to tie things down well. LOL

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