Transporting Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by root_mama, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. root_mama

    root_mama In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2009
    Help! I have to transport 5 laying hens tonight with a Chicken Tractor I am getting! How do I do this? We will move the tractor on a pick-up, but I am thinking 60 mph on a highway will be so COLD for the hens right? Do I put them in the backseat? (We do live in the South so there is that . . . )

    What container could I use? I really have no clue here please help!
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I usually use a dog crate with bedding or a big cage of some sort. INSIDE the truck.

    I line the back seat of the truck with lots of newspaper for easy cleanup.

    Get them settled and provide water as soon as you get home, along with some feed.

    I have transported many hens this way. I once carried a rooster 50 miles- and he crowed loudly the whole way! [​IMG]

    Good luck!
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    If you have a semienclosed dog crate you could put them in that, and put it up against cab of truck, or place them in a cardboard box, the cold should not bother them, and if in a enclosed/semi enclosed container they would be protected from the wind.

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