Trailer for hauling to show?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Vcomb, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Vcomb

    Vcomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm planning on attending a show later this fall and will be bringing a considerable number of birds (more than can fit in my vehicle). So I am looking for any suggestions on what to use to haul the birds. Its a 14 hr drive I might add. I am considering renting a pull type U-Haul, but worry about air circulation and temperature inside. (show is in October). Other than that I have considered seeing if anyone I know would let me borrow their horse trailer, but the majority are either too large or too heavy.


    So have any of you used U-Hauls before? How'd it work out? Any tips?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    See if someone has a one horse trailer . . .they are the nicest things and probably enough ventilation without TOO much on the open road. I saw one for $1800 two years ago, and would have loved to have had it, but DH said that was way too much. . .I have Alpacas and could have fit four in there . . .even a two horse one would work maybe? I don't know that much about transporting, but a U-haul would be too "tight". No air at all.
     
  3. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
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    I haven't used a uhaul. I use the horse trailer. what show are you hauling to ? I am desperately looking for a good quality Silver Laced roo. my daughters favorite hen is a silver lace she totes her everywhere. I would love to get some babies from her. she showed her at the highland IL apa show and won showmanship with her.
     
  4. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I live 25 min. from Highland!!!!!!!!!!!! You are talking Illinois right? That IL is for Illinois? When was this? I will go to the next one if I can find out when it is!!!!
     
  5. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
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    the next show is Nov 6. the website is illmobantamclub.org It was a ton of fun and we learned a lot.
     
  6. Vcomb

    Vcomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the show is in Frankenmuth, MI. The last time I went out there I had my birds all stuffed wall-to-wall in my vehicle with the windows cracked open just a hair and that worked out alright. Like I said this time though there will be too many to do that. I remember in '06 I saw folks loading up right after the APA-ABA-IWFS joint national and one guy was loading geese into a big box truck style U-Haul....but I had no idea how far he had to go with them either. The other thing is its not in the budget to just go out and buy a horse trailer right now, even though I want to buy one and convert it for showing eventually.
     
  7. 1_FnkyFrm

    1_FnkyFrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you thought about renting a van or a cargo van?
     
  8. Vcomb

    Vcomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Now there's an idea. Had not considered them, tell me more. Gas mileage? Typical rent? Downsides?
     
  9. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    I moved 19 chickens and 11 ducks in the back of a 26' u-haul from Oregon to Kentucky last mar/apr. I put battery operated fans in the back for circulation, hung soda bottle waterers and stopped every 4 hours or so. At night, I unlatched the u-haul and the door opened about 2 inches....I left it like that and they did great. Even through 2 snowstorms and a white-out. The trip took 7 days instead of 50 hours.


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    I would recommend a 10' u-haul truck. They have plenty of room for supplies and wheel wells inside tho help secure the cages from shifting. They also have interior siderails for tying down. Go to a u-haul dealer that has one on the lot and look inside it. Really good on gas also.
     
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  10. poltroon

    poltroon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Something to keep in mind is that the U-haul trailers are not just fully closed boxes, but they also have wussy suspensions. I would expect that any animals - and their water sources - would get quite a lot more jostling than they'd get inside a vehicle. I would also be worried about them overheating during a summer trip.
     

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