This is a ridiculous question, but...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Becky_H, May 8, 2009.

  1. Becky_H

    Becky_H Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm getting a half-dozen 3 month old chickens on wednesday. We're driving about an hour and a half to pick them up. 2 are roos, the other 4 are hens.

    Can I get away with a couple of medium sized dog carriers and/or big cardboard boxes for transporting them back, or should everyone be separated?

    (This is, obviously, mostly a case of over-excitement and over thinking, I'm sure.)
     
  2. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im sure one medium sized dog crate would be enough. It will keep them from moving around too much too. I would also throw a towel or something over it so it stays dark inside. Less stress on the birds. [​IMG]
     
  3. Becky_H

    Becky_H Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:It's an enclosed crate, though I'll still make sure to toss a sheet over it. My only *major* concern was the roosters going at it on the trip home. Though I suppose that's less likely at their age and in the dark.

    ...I'm such a dork sometimes.

    THANK YOU.
     
  4. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:At 3 months old I don't think you should have too much trouble with 2 roo's together. Especially if they were raised together. Enjoy them :
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with the other posts. I don't think you'll have any problems.
     
  6. estpr13

    estpr13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have put 9 twelve week old roos in a 2' x 2' box without any problem. Once the box starts moving they all tend to settle down and "roost" because they cannot keep their balance. This is especially true in a vehicle.

    Older chickens may try to establish a pecking order in the box if they are not use to being around each other. Had three hens in a big box with plenty of room but found blood splattered all over and an egg rolling around on one trip. It was just a bloodied comb, but it scared me.
     

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