Transporting chicks and maybe chickens by car

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickenCrazy8, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In April or May I will be picking up 3-4 day old chicks and maybe 2 full grown chickens. It will be a 3-3.5hr trip by mini van. What should I put them in?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello! How exciting for you!

    For the three chicks, I would put them in a relatively small box with some pine shavings in it, so that they can snuggle together for warmth. Maybe put some of that save-a-chick gel in there to keep them hydrated and give them something to peck. They might just snuggle up and peep alot, but the box will be dark so once they settle down they can just sleep.

    For the adult sized chickens, hopefully you've got a medium sized dog crate. Just put some straw or pine shavings in the bottom of it. If you've got a water bowl or something they can't tip over, that would be good. Don't worry about food during the trip.
     
  3. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks sooo much!!! Where could I get save-a-chick gel???
     
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    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    We have TSC stores in Ohio, and they sell packets of the gel. Maybe your local farm store might carry some.....

    Good luck with those new chickens! I'm excited for you!
    Sharon
     
  6. trailchick

    trailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    If they are going to be only a few that will be day olds,
    & weather will be cold, then you could get those
    4 hour hand warmer paks at walmart.
    They are usually by the checkout stands.
     
  7. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much everybody[​IMG]
     

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