Question about moving the coop and chickens


In the Brooder
8 Years
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?
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.

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