travelling with chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mackak, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. mackak

    mackak In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2009
    Has anyone ever moved a long distance by car/truck with chickens? We are moving across the country in 4 months and I could sure use any hints, tips and advice on the safest way to take my 19 chickens with me. What container is the best? How to make the trip as stressfree as possible ? How to keep roosters quiet when you really need to? Should I make food and water available all the time? They are part of the family and I want everyone to arrive happy and safe!
  2. stuckinthecity

    stuckinthecity Crowing

    Apr 25, 2009
    I have never traveled across the country, but I know my birds were happiest when they had the most room possible for them. I put the 8 different hens into 2 separate cages with each set of 4 hens who got along best. So, maybe splitting up your flock into groups would keep the birds on the bottom of the pecking order from getting beat up. And, if possible, I would say water needs to be available to them. If not, just make sure they get it asap. (planning rest stops would be a good idea to feed/water.) Good luck!!!
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011
  3. mackak

    mackak In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2009
    Thank you for your suggestions. We will be travelling with possibly 4 roosters. I was planning to put each roo with his girls in their own box. I am wondering if the best bedding would be shavings or straw. Would a dog kennel be best or has someone used something else that worked equally well or better? Should I keep them in the dark to help them be calm? I look forward to hearing from any words of wisdom [​IMG]
  4. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    There was just a thread on this yesterday. Let me see if I can find I.
  5. GeneJordan

    GeneJordan Songster

    Feb 6, 2011
    Arnaudville, La
    This reminds me of a song....

    Listen to my story about a man named Jed...
    Poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed...

    You know the rest....
  6. Pretty Pony

    Pretty Pony In the Brooder

    Dec 2, 2008
    Ft. Smith, AR
    I am going to be moving soon as well. I plan on using dog crates to move my flock in. then load the crates in the horse trailer and hope for the best. I have those water bottles that attach to the crate doors and then add a scratch mix when I have to stop..
  7. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    Its not cross country but its about 1000 miles when we go to key west. Ive used everything from a plastic dog carrier to a metal crate to a cardboard box. As long as they are comfortable, not too hot or cold, no draft, have regular food and water stops, they should be fine.
  8. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Songster

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    Quote:Definantly go with shavings! They help keep the poo smell down, I don't use anything else past 3 weeks of age! The shavings dry out the poo fast which kills the smell and keeps it from sticking to them. Shavings can be a little messier (fly-away factor) but if they're in the back of a truck or some such then mess isn't really an issue. If they're in the back of your SUV/van just make sure they can't kick things around too much (high sided crates, blanket over top of the crates, something like that).

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